Finding Aids, sometimes called inventories or guides, are written guides that summarize and describe archival collections. Finding aids are designed to help you navigate archival collections to locate materials pertinent to your topic.
Please keep in mind that finding aids are not exhaustive.
Finding aids are typically made up of a few main parts:
In many cases, archival finding aids for the Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books division of the Schomburg Center will be available through the Archives Portal.
When you locate a collection in the Archives Portal, click on the "Detailed Description" tab to view the container list.
If there isn't a detailed description tab, please email a librarian to ask for them to send the complete finding aid to you.
Read through the finding aid to decide which parts of the collection will be the most helpful when searching for information on your research topic.
Select which boxes you are interested in using based on the information in the container list.
Each researcher will be provided access to one box at a time and may request up to 6 boxes each day of their research visit.