Manuscript collections include personal, professional, and family papers; business and organizational records; and other unique, typically unpublished historical documents in a variety of formats, from scrapbooks to correspondence to digital media. Each collection is most commonly described by a finding aid, a guide to a collection and its contents. Our finding aids are available online through ArchivesSpace at the University of Arkansas.
For guidance on using our finding aids to make requests for materials, please view our tutorial videos on using finding aids in ArchivesSpace.
When you search on a subject or individual from the Special Collections archives search portal, and you find a finding aid, you will select a detailed description with organization of the archives' containers in Archives Space.
In addition to the essential elements of the finding aid, Archives Space provides tabs to view three areas:
All of the archival collections available to researchers in Special Collections have been given "finding aids" to help researchers and understand and access the different materials in the archive.
Important elements of the finding include: