Archives are the permanent records of an organization or person. They are primary sources that document the history of a business, organization, or individual. They may be online, in a library or official archive, or forgotten in an attic. The archival records of the Anthracite Coal Mining Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania are scattered across the country. Rather than attempt to compile a complete, comprehensive list, this guide will contain information about some of the more easily-accessible collections. It is always a good idea to contact individual museums, libraries, and archives to ask about their contents.