Archival research is a form of finding out more information through the help of an organization that gathers historical artifacts for future reference. At the Georgia State University archives, located on the eighth floor of Library South, there is a group of archivists who dedicate their time in finding and putting together platforms of historical artifacts based on the theme of their dedication.
At Georgia State, the archivist on hand encourage the students to show up when need be with a certain idea in mind for what it is they plan on looking for. Asking questions is a vital aspect to push forward your research, because, one way or another, it will lead you to smaller details that could be found related to your original research, only now there would be more to talk about.
To demonstrate the use of asking questions when doing archival research I have a few photos of artifacts I found interesting when I visited the GSU archives for a class visit.
This poster was a sign of females who were affects by the disease by careless men and misdiagnosed by even more careless doctors due to the bias that AIDS only affected gay men. Because of the awareness brought to the women’s with aids campaign, another unseen group was discovered. This would include children with aids, one of the most unsuspecting age groups.
Children and teenagers were not educated on the ongoing aids epidemic, therefore those who were inherently given aids were left in a society in which they were completely shut out of. Different points were made while researching the protest of aids the archivist was conducting while we sat in for one of her classes, many lead to different paths but all of these paths maintained the strong theme of AIDS infecting the lives of those who could not actually get AIDS but received them anyways.