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Finding aids are also referred to as inventories or registers by some programs. Finding aids provide detailed information about collections, describing not just the content of the collection, but the context in which it was created. They answer questions such as:
Elements of a Finding Aid
The informational elements of a finding aid will vary from program to program. At the core of a finding aid, however, are the following elements:
The finding aid is what you and your researchers will use to get an idea of whether the records have the information they are looking for.
Finding Aid. Any descriptive item that identifies the scope, contents, and significance of records. Basic finding aids include guides, inventories, card catalogues, indexes, and lists.
Some larger programs make their finding aids available on the web. Here are a few to look at:
Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Wright Brothers Collection at Wright State University