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Research Guides

Search for Archival / Manuscript Materials

Our Collection Guides search tool has migrated to Archives West.

How to Use Collection Guides/Finding Aids

You can search an online database of Special Collections finding aids. The collection guide or finding aid is a detailed guide or inventory of the contents of a manuscript or archival collection. The guide helps researchers identify the boxes or folders of interest within a collection. A typical guide also provides biographical or historical information on the person or organization that created the material, an overview of the collection, and how it is arranged plus a detailed container list and any use restrictions.