Richard W. Hale, Jr. provides a primer on local historical research to guide the amateur historian.

He explains the necessary attitude the aspiring historian should adopt, one of persistence and desire to be as accurate as possible, and outlines the shortcuts that make historical research possible.

He provides tips that lead to historical accuracy, such as visiting the original site if possible and the differences between various types of records.

His shortcuts point researchers to the most accessible places for discovering information, such as finding aides and the professionals working in the field.

Technical Leaflet #21 (1969)

The information in this Technical Leaflet has been updated in more recent publications. It has been indexed for historical purposes.