Collection guides describe and outline the contents of collections of papers or records held by the Rubenstein Library.
Archival collections are (usually) organized by the person, organization, or business who created the materials, not by subject, time, or place. Rubenstein Library archivists create collection guides to provide in-depth information about a collection, making it easier for you to find relevant material. Including:
Background information on the creator of the collection
An inventory of the collection's contents
Restrictions on accessing and using the collection. Most of our collections are open to anyway, but some require special permission.
Navigating a Collection Guide to Find What You Need
The Summary and Collection Overview will give you background on who created this collection and what types of material you’ll find in there
Collection guides don’t list every individual document in a collection. What you see listed is a description of what the documents in a folder are about
Large collections are organized in to series, which are larger sections of related material.
You won’t know exactly what or how much material is in a folder until you actually see it - it could be one document or it could be many
If there’s a keyword you’re looking for, use Ctrl+F on your keyboard or the “Search this Collection” box in the top right to search the text of the finding aid quickly
Take note of which boxes the files you want to see are in, you’ll need these when you request them