Edited from original by Ellen Belcher, Special Collections Librarian at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY
Archival repositories exist to provide resources for researchers!
Anyone can be a researcher of primary materials. However, there are protocols which should be followed when becoming an archival researcher. Here are some tips.
Useful guides on Archival Research
Schmidt, Laura. Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research. Society of American Archivists
Introduction to Archival Research Kellen Design Archive, New School, NYC