The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre (AIU Centre) is an open access University of Manchester facility which is both public and academic facing. The Research Skills Series of blog posts is designed to promote insight into how the Centre's collections can enrich the work of students and researchers. The blog post 'Why use the AIU Centre archive?' presents two reasons why a facility concentrating on making available materials to enhance the study of race relations is relevant to academics, researchers and students specialising in a wide range of subject areas, these reasons being 1. Qualitative data brings quantitative data to life, and 2. Theoretical frameworks can be tested against lived reality.