archival sources

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Sources of research data in which documents and artefacts have been saved, collected, and/or classified. Archives can range from modest collections of unique documentation (such as that of individual sporting entrepreneurs or athletes) to highly formalized collections (such as the files of meetings and correspondence of the International Olympic Committee, housed in the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland; or the collection of Olympic Games posters collected and classified in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK). Care must be taken by the researcher to authenticate the archival source, or locate corroborating data or evidence. Finding a unique archival source is the dream of the sport historian, but careful scrutiny is still essential to contextualize such sources alongside complementary sources of data and alternative accounts or bodies of evidence.

http://archive.timesonline.co.uk/tol/archive The online resource of The Times newspaper.

http://www.galeuk.com/times The Times Digital Archive 1785–1985, available on personal subscription, and at subscribing libraries, including public libraries in the UK.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/index.shtml The archives section of the official website of the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation).

http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelpsubject/socsci/sport/sportstudies.html A database provided by the British Library on sport research, and some sport-related collections including football fanzines.

http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/inrrooms/blnewspapers/newsrr.html Web guidance on the British Library's newspaper collection at Colindale, London.

Subjects: Sport and Leisure.

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