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Archives and Special Collections Overview

A brief guide to learn more about Archives and Special Collections.

What is a finding aid?

Each collection is described in a detailed record called a finding aid or guide, which provides both an overview of the intellectual organization and a detailed list of items in the collection. Researchers should consult the finding aid in order to ascertain the usefulness of the collection.

Below is an image of a finding aid for the DePauw University 175th Anniversary time capsule located within Archives and Special Collections. Researchers should notate the collection name, identifier, box or folder name and number, and items of interest. This information is required for Archives staff to locate material for your research needs. 

Example Finding Aid