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Archives Home > Research: Finding Aids
Finding aids are descriptive inventories, indexes, or guides that repositories create to describe and provide access to the contents of archival records and manuscript collections. Finding aids provide information about records, the context of their creation, archival actions such as acquisition and processing, and often a detailed contents list.
Most of the Archives Department's collections are described in online finding aids, which are included in Archival Resources in Wisconsin, a database finding aids of collections held in nineteen repositories statewide. (The remaining percentage of our holdings are "small collections" consisting of a single item or folder. These are usually described in catalog records.) Guidance for conducting searches in Archival Resources in Wisconsin follows:
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