Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Manuscripts Division Reaches 1,000 Finding Aids

The Clements Library Manuscripts Division reached a milestone in its efforts to create finding aids for the division's uncataloged collections.  Over 1,000 finding aids are now available on the Library's EAD web site, thanks to generous grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


The NEH grant (2009-2012) supported project archivists Philip Heslip, Shannon Wait, and Patrick Galligan for the processing of 416 manuscript collections.  The recently completed grant was part of the "We the People" project and it allowed the Library to create detailed finding aids for many of the Library's most significant collections.  Among the NEH-funded finding aids are:



The NHPRC grant (2011-2013) currently funds project archivist Megan Hixon, who is writing and encoding over 1,600 finding aids, according to minimal processing techniques.  This broad selection of collections will serve researchers with an interest in gender studies, race and ethnicity, education, law, politics, social reform, military history, public policy, religion, health and medicine, travel, business and commerce, naval and maritime history, theater and the arts, handwriting and grammar, and other topics.  Among the recently available NHPRC-funded finding aids are:


Patrons may view the Clements Library's finding aids associated with the National Endowment for the Humanities or National Historical Publications and Records Commission by searching the Clements Library Manuscripts Division EAD website for "NEH" or "NHPRC" respectively.

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