Consider the following questions from "Using Archives and Special Collections in Creative Writing Research"
How might you use this resource for Creative Writing research?
What can you learn about the historical and local context in which the resource was created?
Who was the author/creator of the resource and what can you learn about them?
Why do you think this particular resource was preserved by its creator and/or by the archive?
What gaps or absences can you detect?
If working with archives of a writer, consider a cento
Consider using anaphora or writing a sestina using language from your source
Imagine the life of the creator and/or the subject
Writing about your POV: what does the object look like, what do you observe, what does it make you think about?
Imagining the object’s POV: what does it feel, what does it see, what does it think about or remember?