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Research Guides

Seattle Theatre Archives: Search Tips

A guide to selected primary materials relating to theatrical companies and the history of theatre in Seattle available in Special Collections.

Search for Archival / Manuscript Materials


How to Use Collection Guides/Finding Aids

You can search our online archival finding aid database Archives West. The finding aid (collection guide) 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.