Could anyone give me an idea of the going rate for paid researchers at the Military History Institute at Carlisle or the National Archives? I spoke with one from Carlisle yetserday, and the rates sounded reasonable, but I really don’t have anything to base it on. Hourly rates were in the neighborhood of $35 the first hour, $25 after that, and $.50 a copy including shipping.
It would seem one could get a good bit of material in a pretty short period of time if you use the databases to tell your researcher very specifically what you’re looking for. A specific article from the Journal of the U.S. Cavalry Association from 1891, for example, I was able to locate to the call number and number of pages. In some cases, like the volumes of monthly cavalry returns I mentioned a few days ago, for example, more digging by the researcher will be called for.