My capstone dealt with patrons’ usage of religious archives. Archival literature has largely overlooked the unique place religious archives hold both as collecting repositories and institutional entities. The literature has not examined how users utilize the resources at these repositories and to what ends. By limiting the focus to Protestant archives of the United States, this capstone helps one gain valuable insight into use and reference services of religious archives.
To delve into this topic, I developed an online survey which I sent to eleven Protestant repositories. I then interviewed either the reference archivist or head archivist at five of these repositories. Based on this information and an in-depth study of the existing literature, I investigated the use in Protestant archives of the United States.