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Free Beta ArchiveGrid® now available OCLC

“ArchiveGrid is a discovery service that provides access to detailed archival collection descriptions, making information available about historical documents, personal papers, family histories and other archival materials held in archives throughout the world. It includes over a million descriptions of archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide and enables researchers to learn about the contents of these collections, contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials or order copies—all from one simple, intuitive search. Anyone seeking historical collections can use ArchiveGrid’s powerful search engine and user-friendly interface to retrieve results that include the title of the collection, holding institution, brief description and a link to an extended description. Primary sources can be hard to find on the Web, but they are found quickly and easily in ArchiveGrid, along with contact information for the archives and repositories where these materials are held. OCLC is phasing out its offering of ArchiveGrid as a subscription-based service in WorldCat Local, FirstSearch. ArchiveGrid is now available without a subscription in the system provided by OCLC Research.”

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