Archives Research Tutorial

Introduction

Pre-planning

What records do we have?

What should you expect?

Finding & accessing records

Handling records

Records appraisal & analysis

Integrating records into your assignment

Citing records in your assignment


Integrating Records Into Your Assignment

For example,

The spring and summer of 1918 saw the 28th Battalion involved in near constant fighting near Arras, France. In a July 9 letter to his father, Lance-Corporal Vaughn Watt wrote, "Did I tell you that we were out for a short rest? Came back about twenty miles, it is a great relief to get away from shell fire. For the last three months we have never been away from it."

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, Vaughn Watt fonds, Mss 179 (A.03-86), box 1, folder 2.

In this example a soldier's letter to his parents is being used as evidence of the heavy fighting involving the 28th Battalion in Northern France during the First World War.


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