A finding aid is a resource that contains contextual and structural information about a collection of records within an archive.
Finding aids place archival resources in context by including information about the collection, such as:
Typically, archival collections are described from general to specific, starting with the whole (collection), then proceeding to the components (series, subseries, folders, and items).
A place where things can be stored and maintained, including any type of organization that holds documents, including business, institutional, government archives, and manuscript collections. There is only one repository in SCOUT, Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives.
A set of archival or manuscript materials that share the same provenance or were created in the same administrative unit.
A group of similar records that are arranged according to a filing system and that are related as the result of being created, received or used in the same activity.
A body of documents within a series readily distinguished from the whole by filing arrangement, type, form, or content.
A group of documents related by use or topic, typically housed in a folder (or a group of folders for a large file).
Here are a few terms that you will encounter while browsing in SCOUT:
Where a user can access the bulk of information about the intellectual and physical characteristics of archival materials, as well as information about creators and topics.
An identification number assigned to a resource, accession, and digital object records that uniquely identifies the object within the repository. This is also known as the Collection Number.
Finding aids in SCOUT are divided into three sections: