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Finding Aids and Guides

A finding aid is 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.

When browsing this list of finding aids, please select “outline view” to retrieve a table of contents list links to a view which displays a navigation frame with individual sections of the finding aid; the sections may be searched and printed separately. This view will load quickly. You may select “full view” to view a single file which may be used for printing or searching within the entire finding aid, or if you encounter difficulty in using frames. A lengthy finding aid may load very slowly in full view. Additionally, you may select “PDF” to view and print the finding aid using Adobe Portable Document format.

    Encoded Archival Description, (EAD) Documents
    EAD documents list the contents of single collections from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
  • Janus Press Archive [view finding aid] -[PDF version: / 22 pages]
  • King Lear Archive [view finding aid] - [PDF version: / 7 pages]
  • Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection archive, 1913-2005 [view finding aid] - [PDF version: 55.65 KB / 14 pages]

Other Finding Aids
Lists of items that may be from multiple collections and/or Library Divisions that concentrate on a single topic.

  • Rudyard Kipling Checklist of Letters [PDF] (120 KB) (requires free Acrobat reader to view)
  • Shapiro Bruce Rogers Papers [PDF] (170 KB) (requires free Acrobat reader to view)

    The Rare Book and Special Collections Division is one of several Library divisions participating in the effort to develop more fully navigable finding aids using Encoded Archival Description (EAD). One may search across encoded finding aids for all Library divisions or browse the union list of EAD finding aids from the Library's EAD Finding Aid page.


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