The George Washington University Cold War (GWCW) Group
Second Annual
Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research
June 14-17, 2004

Ph.D. students from any discipline working on dissertations involving
archival research on Cold War topics are invited to apply to participate
in a four-day Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research at The
George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The Summer Institute
will focus on training graduate students to get the most out of their
time conducting research in archives. There will be sessions on how to
prepare to go to an archive, how to structure your time in the archives,
understanding how archival documents come to be written and deposited in
archives, the challenges of interpreting archival documents, issues of
culture and language in working in non-American archives, and how to
search for information not in the archives, such as consulting private
papers, making Freedom of Information Act requests for still classified
documents, and conducting oral history interviews. Summer Institute
participants will be actively involved in reading archival documents (in
English translation) provided to them during the sessions and discussing
their interpretation.

For detailed information about the Institute and the application please
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