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Definition of a Finding Aid

Finding aids are "description[s] from any source that [provide] information about the contents and nature of of documentary materials."[1] More specifically, a finding aid can be considered "a description of an archival collection, usually containing a history of the person or organization that produced the collection and an inventory of its contents."[1]

Finding Aids, Finding Guides, Calendars, Location Registers, and Union Lists

Historical Development

E-Books: Archival Guides

This selection of materials reflects upon the roots of the archival profession in the field of history as well as the progression of the developement of the archival finding aid. The books listed below are examples of early printed finding aids. They help to trace the development of the modern-day finding aid.

BIBLICAL HISTORY

  • Richardson, Ernest Cushing. 1914. Biblical libraries: A sketch of library history from 3400 B.C. to A.D. 150. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP. | Open Access | Book Review

HISTORY OF CEYLON

  • Anthonisz, R. G. 1907. Report on the Dutch records in the government archives at Columbo. Colombo: Ceylon.

HISTORY OF THE NETHERLANDS

Arranged by location of holding repositories.

India and Ceylon

  • Anthonisz, R. G. 1907. Report on the Dutch records in the government archives at Columbo. Colombo: Ceylon.

HISTORY OF THE UNITED KINGDOM

Arranged by location of holding repositories.

Spain

  • Hume, Martin A.S. 1896. Calendar of letters and state papers relating to English affairs, preserved principally in the archives of Simancas. Vol. 3. London: HMS. | Open Access | Book Review

HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES

Arranged by location of holding repositories.

Canada

  • Parker, David W. 1913. Guide to the materials for United States history in the Canadian Archives. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute of Washington. | Open Access | Book Review

Cuba

  • Per├ęz, Luis Marino. 1907. Guide to the materials for American history in Cuban archives. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute of Washington. | Open Access | Book Review

Italy

  • Fish, Carl Russell. 1911. Guide to materials for American history in Roman and other Italian archives. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute of Washington. | Open Access | Book Review

Russia

  • Golder, Frank A. 1917. Guide to materials for American history in Russian archives. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute of Washington. | Open Access | Book Review

Spain

  • Chapman, Charles E. 1919. Catalogue of materials in the Archivo General de Indias for the history of the Pacific Coast and the American Southwest. Berkeley: University of California Press. | Open Access | Book Review
  • Robertson, James Alexander. 1910. Lists of documents in Spanish archives relating to the history of the United States, which have been printed or of which transcripts are preserved in American libraries. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute of Washington. | Open Access | Book Review
  • Shepherd, William R. 1907. Guide to the materials for the history of the United States in Spanish archives (Simancas, the Archivo Historico Nacional, and Seville). Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute of Washington. | Open Access | Book Review

United Kingdom

  • Paullin, Charles O., and Paxton, Frederic L. 1914. Guide to the materials in London archives for the history of the United States since 1783. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute of Washington. | Open Access | Book Review

United States

  • Andrew, Charles. M., and Davenport, Frances G. 1908. Guide to the Manuscript Materials for the history of the United States to 1783, in the British Museum, in minor London archives, and in the libraries of Oxford and Cambridge. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute of Washington. | Online Books | Book Review
  • Bolton, Herbert E. 1913. Guide to the materials for the history of the United States in the principal archives of Mexico. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute of Washington. | Open Access | Book Review
  • Coy, Owen C. 1919. Guide to the county archives of California. Sacramento, CA: California Historical Survey Commission. | Open Access | Book Review
  • Davis, Andrew McFarland. [n.d.]. Calendar of the papers and records relating to the Land Bank of 1740, in the Massachusetts archives and Suffolk court files in Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. Vol. 4. Boston: The Society of Massachusetts. | Open Access | Book Review
  • McLaughlin, Andrew C. 1906. Report on the Diplomatic Archives of the Department of State, 1789-1840. Rev. ed. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute of Washington. | Open Access | Book Review
  • Osgood, Herbert L. 1901. Report on the archives and public records of the State of New York and of New York City. Washington, D.C: GPO. | Open Access | Book Review
  • Parker, David W. 1911. Calendar of Papers in Washington archives relating to the territories of the United States (to 1873). Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute of Washington. | Open Access | Book Review
  • Person, Harlow S. 1901. Report on the public archives of Michigan. Washington D.C.: GPO. | [1] Open Access | Book Review
  • Twitchell, Ralph Emerson. 1914. The Spanish archives of New Mexico: Compliled and chronologically arranged with historical, genealogical, geographical, and other annotations, by authority of the State of New Mexico. Vol. 2. [?]: Torch Press. | Open Access | Book Review
  • Van Tyne, Claude Halstead, and Leland, W.G. 1907. Guide to the archives of the United States in Washington. Rev. 2nd ed. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute of Washington. | Open Access | Book Review
  • Vaughan, John H. 1911. A preliminary report on the archvies of New Mexico. Washington, D.C.: [?]. | Open Access | Book Review

E-Books: Union Lists

  • Richardson, E.C. 1912. A union list of Collectons on European history in American libraries. Princeton, NJ: AHA. | Open Access | Book Review

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