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.
The .pdf and Excel documents linked below are finding aids meant to help researchers find items in our various collections. Clicking the links will automatically download the files. We are transitioning towards using a much more efficient interface called SPARC Connect, which is powered by archival software called Access to Memory or AtoM. If you need assistance in accessing our finding aids that have not yet been ingested into SPARC Connect, please contact us.
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