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What are finding aids?

Finding aids are guides created to describe collections of primary source materials, such as personal papers and institutional records. Because of the size and complexity of primary source materials, library catalog records may not sufficiently describe their contents. Finding aids provide a comprehensive overview of a collection's scope and contents, explain its provenance, and contain background on individuals and organizations connected with it. Finding aids also describe the arrangement of the collection, and may contain a detailed inventory of the contents.

Yeshiva University Finding Aids Database:

This database provides access to electronic finding aids for Yeshiva University archival collections. Finding aids for a number of the larger collections include folder-level inventories. Additional inventories, new finding aids, as well as enhanced searching features will be added as the project proceeds.

For questions regarding collections or to make appointments to view materials, please contact the Archives staff.

The finding aids are encoded according to the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) format. For more information on this format, see the EAD home page at the Library of Congress.