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Special Collections & College Archives

Special Collections is a highly-specialized repository of primary source research materials related to the fields of fashion and design.

What is a finding aid?

As defined by the Society of American Archivists, a finding aid is a tool that facilitates the discovery of information within a collection of records. Finding aids put collection materials in context by consolidating pertinent information that would be of use to researchers such as biographical notes, scope/content of the collection including size, media, and arrangement, and administrative history, etc. Finding aids can be described on a variety of levels such as collection, series, folder, and item level or all of the above, which gives the researchers the most detailed idea of what is housed in a particular collection.

Below and on the accompanying tabs are finding aids for materials held in Special Collections & College Archives (SPARC). New finding aids will be continuously added when collections are fully processed. All finding aids will download as an excel spreadsheet to a computer, tablet, or mobile device. 

Please visit SPARC Connect, our database of archival holdings and digital objects. 

Finding Aids

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