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Using Archives and Special Collections (Tri-Co)

This guide offers hints on how to use archival and special collections material, from reading material through citation.

Using Special Collections

Below are several videos which provide an overview of what you may be asked to do when you visit a special collections department. While all of these videos show schools from outside the TriCo, the procedures are farily universal and apply to almost any archives or special collections you might visit, at least in the United States.

Reading and Understanding a Finding Aid

A finding aid serves as both the table of contents and index of a manuscript collection. It will help you determine whether the collecion has material of interest to you, and, if so, where that material is located.