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Archives West: Search for Archival / Manuscript Materials

Our Collection Guides search tool has migrated to Archives West.

Tips for Searching for Archival Materials

In archives, collections of documents created or collected by individuals or families are called "papers." Documentation generated by organizations such as non-profits or businesses are called "records."

Archival collections are unique in that they can range in size from one folder to hundreds of boxes. Because archival collections can be complex, archivists describe their contents in "finding aids" or written guides. The guides are called "finding aids" for the simple reason that they help researchers find items of interest within a collection.

The search box at the top of the page allows you to search through the guides created for archival collections in the Special Collections repository.


The Washington State Jewish Historical Society promotes interest in and knowledge of the life, history, and culture of the Jewish people and communities of the State of Washington.

The Society is dedicated to discovering, preserving, and disseminating the history of the Jews of Washington State. This unique history is shared through publications, exhibits, displays, speakers, and tours.