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Archival Finding Aid How Tos


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General Description

This guide has been prepared to assist and inform those wanting to understand Finding Aid basics, including their structure and terms that are used.   This is especially important when making a retrieval request for material.

There are two types of Finding Aids used within the Archives and Special Collections at Western Libraries: Descriptive Inventories or Preliminary Inventories.  Visit the Archives Finding Aids page for more information and to see a list of available finding aids.  There may be additional listings for unprocessed or more recent acquisitions.   These can be reviewed by the archivist in charge of the fonds/collection to answer inquiries or possibly provided for consultation.  Please contact us as inquiries are always welcome.

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