ArchiveGrid is an important destination for searching through historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world.

Thousands of libraries, museums, and archives have contributed nearly a million collection descriptions to ArchiveGrid. Researchers searching ArchiveGrid can learn about the many items in each of these collections, contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials, and order copies.

ArchiveGrid is available to both individuals and institutions free of charge through May 31st. If additional grants funds or sponsorship are obtained, ArchiveGrid will remain free of charge; otherwise subscriptions will be available for institutions and individuals alike.
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There really are thousands of institutions that have contributed to ArchiveGrid, from the 92nd Street Y through the Huguenot Historical Society all the way to the Zane Grey Museum and Zimmerman House. Intriguing — and frustrating, too, because it simply finds you the location of a document and not the document itself.


  1. Over the weekend I passed this along to family and friends who are interested in genealogy. Unfortunately the sources are primarily U.S.-based. Those who tested it out have already mostly exhausted North American research and are now delving back further to other continents. So, this new source was not of further use to them.