Other People's Archives
I would not like to mislead you. For some reason I have been unnaturally fortunate, or perhaps merely lazy in my investigation of diverse archives.
To get a fuller sense of what can happen, I direct you to:
Jesse's account of the Janáček archive;So... all I can say is that if you want an easy time researching, choose a Czech author or someone who corresponded with Czech authors, and stick to people who have been dead for at least 25-30 years. Try to do something that will benefit from plenty of periodicals research and does not rely solely on handwritten materials.
closure of library for technical reasons.
Kristen on getting access in the first place;
inaccessibility of periodicals;
it's Tuesday, therefore...
paperwork and fees;
only one book is available.