The Village Voice features an article about the “archives division of the New York Public Library” Archives house collections that nobody else has. This is Ground Zero for research. A few collection been digitized, like many of the papers of Dr. Theodore Suess Geisel at the Geisel Library of the University of California, San Diego. However, most are only available at whichever archive keeps them.
The New York Public Library has a very rich trove of treasures in its archives. What treasures does your public or academic library hold? Join in the conversation and share the treasures/collections of your favorite archives. Two of my current favorites are Archives II in College Park, MD where I am copying deck logs of the USS Midway (CV-41) for the Midway Museum’s Library and the Special Collections at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. NDU has the collections of many of the Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was instrumental in getting a replica of the courtroom where the Lincoln Conspirators were tried built in the same building space where the trial took place. (NDU is on the site what was the Federal Penitentiary during and after the Civil War.)