Locating Archival Materials

Finding Aids

Finding aids are gradually being made available for specific collections in the Archives. The finding aids go further than the Collection Guide in that they provide an inventory of all records in an archival collection instead of just the most important ones. A finding aid is basically a container list for the collection in question. It divides the collection into groups of records or "series", and then lists the contents and shelf location of each box in the collection. In short, the finding aid allows the archivist as well as researchers to physically locate archival collections and intellectually link records to each other. Simply click on the link to the inventory you wish to see. Please consult the archivist or a librarian to help you determine which collections are most appropriate for your research needs. The Archives has divided its collections into two groups:

Archival Collections (ie. Preident's Office; Marketing Department; Academic Affairs)

  • evidence of the existence, functions, and operations of the institution or organization that generated them, or
  • other information on activities or persons affected by the organization

Special Collections (ie. William Rainey Harper Collection; Halcyon Yearbooks)

Rare and/or unique collections of materials which, by virtue of their physical form, content, or depth of subject coverage, are distinguished from the general stock of the Archives.