Finding Aids

What is a finding aid? From the Society of American Archivists: n. ~ 1. A tool that facilitates discovery of information within a collection of records. - 2. A description of records that gives the repository physical and intellectual control over the materials and that assists users to gain access to and understand the materials. What does that mean? A finding aid is a descriptive guide for archival collections and usually includes information about the creator of the materials, formats included, dates covered, and how the materials are arranged. A finding aid helps researchers and archivists to learn more about the collections and to find the materials in a collection that will be most helpful for their research questions.

To search the archival collections, use the Special Collections Search. Search Tip: Enter coll* in the Call Number field in addition to your other search terms. This will limit your search to archival collections only.

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Philip M. Wagner papers, Collection 1

Perry Hall Improvement Association records, Collection 2

Rita Saltz collection, Collection 3

Ferdinand C. Latrobe papers, Collection 4

Barbara Young papers, Collection 5

Mildred Grossman papers, Collection 6

David F. Bischoff papers, Collection 7

American Society for Cell Biology records, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 8

International Union of Immunological Societies records, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 9

American Type Culture Collection records, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 10

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology records, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 11

American Association of Immunologists records, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 12

Society of Protozoologists records, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 13

Biophysical Society records, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 14

Society for Industrial Microbiology records, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 15

Tissue Culture Association records, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 16

R.D. Allen film and videotape collection, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 17

Keith Porter papers, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 18

University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute records, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 19

Hugh Bolton Jones letters, Collection 20

American Association of Anatomists records, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 21

Society for Developmental Biology records, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 22

Jule Eisenbud collection on Ted Serios and thoughtographic photography, Collection 23

Baltimore Sun foreign bureaus records, Baltimore Sun Archives, Collection 24

Ernest Kempe collection, Collection 25

Brian C. Daley papers, Collection 26

Stabler family papers, Collection 27

Thomas F. Monteleone papers, Collection 28

John Price Bell papers, Collection 29

American Genetic Association records, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 30

Margaret J. Bennett Home ledger, Collection 31

Baltimore Sun memorabilia collection, Baltimore Sun Archives, Collection 32

Harold A. Williams papers, Baltimore Sun Archives, Collection 33

Baltimore Sun financial and selected labor records, Baltimore Sun Archives, Collection 34

Geoffrey Fielding collection of Baltimore Sun cartoons, Baltimore Sun Archives, Collection 35

Stephen Tall papers, Collection 36, Special Collections

Kathleen Skullney collection, Collection 37

Jo Ann Argersinger manuscripts, University Archives, Collection 38

Software and Information Industry Association records, Collection 40

Mark Rice papers, Collection 41

Jacob Riis letter, Collection 42

Dick Higgins collection, Collection 43

Albin O. Kuhn papers, University Archives, Collection 44

Baltimore Camera Club records, Collection 46

Marvin Mandel collection, Collection 47

Carl Baker oral history interviews, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 48

Henry Clay B. Norris diary, Collection 49

President's Office records, University Archives, Collection 50

Democratic National Convention collection, Collection 51

University Senate records, University Archives, Collection 52

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences records, University Archives, Collection 53

UMBC Oral History collection, University Archives, Collection 55

Africana Studies records, University Archives, Collection 56

Alumni Relations records, University Archives, Collection 57

American Studies records, University Archives, Collection 58

Ancient Studies records, University Archives, Collection 59

Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation records, University Archives, Collection 60

Biological Sciences records, University Archives, Collection 61

Board of Regents records, University Archives, Collection 62

Career Services Center records, University Archives, Collection 63

Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture records, University Archives, Collection 64

Campus Scheduling and Guest Services records, University Archives, Collection 65

Visual and Performing Arts records, University Archives, Collection 66

Dresher Center for the Humanities, University Archives, Collection 67

English records, University Archives, Collection 68

Gloria Oden papers, University Archives, Collection 69

International Archives for Aerospace Art records, Collection 70

Facilities Management records, University Archives, Collection 71

John Starr papers, University Archives, Collection 72

Graduate School records, University Archives, Collection 73

Human Resources records, University Archives, Collection 74

New Media records, University Archives, Collection 75

Interdisciplinary Studies records, University Archives, Collection 76

Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery records, University Archives, Collection 77

Mathematics and Statistics records, University Archives, Collection 78

Meyerhoff Scholars Program records, University Archives, Collection 79

Ethnomusicology records, University Archives, Collection 80

Political Science records, University Archives, Collection 81

Provost Office records, University Archives, Collection 82

Theatre Department records, University Archives, Collection 83

James Arnquist papers, University Archives, Collection 84

Television scripts, Collection 85, Special Collections

Barbara S. Kraft papers, Collection 86, Special Collections

Margaret Lewis Reed microscope, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 87

Morton Rubin papers, University Archives, Collection 88

Institutional Research records, University Archives, Collection 89

Residential Life records, University Archives, Collection 90

John M. Titchener papers, University Archives, Collection 91

Joseph L. Sanders correspondence, Collection 92

John Haskell papers, University Archives, Collection 93

Women's Center records, University Archives, Collection 94

Sam McCready papers, University Archives, Collection 95

Willie B. Lamouse-Smith papers, University Archives, Collection 96

Institutional Advancement records, University Archives, Collection 97

Sandra Herbert papers, University Archives, Collection 98

Harold A. McDougall papers, Collection 99

O'Donnell family papers, Collection 100

Leonardo J. Sirios papers, Collection 101

Jonathan Finkelstein papers, University Archives, Collection 102

Jaromir Stephany papers, University Archives, Collection 104

Society for Invertebrate Pathology records, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 105

Solidarity collection, Collection 106

UMBC historic documents, University Archives, Collection 107

Joseph L. Arnold papers, Collection 111

Lynne Sachs papers, Collection 114

Robert Burchard papers, University Archives, Collection 115

Maryland Folklife Program records, Maryland Traditions Archives, Collection 116

Baltimore Sun photographs, Baltimore Sun Archives, Collection 117

Jack Engeman collection, The Photography Collections, Collection 118

Eleanor Hovda collection, Collection 119

Maryland Traditions records, Maryland Traditions Archives, Collection 120

Dorothy Howard papers, Maryland Traditions Archives, Collection 121

Ola Belle Reed collection, Maryland Traditions Archives, Collection 122

Jason Pate collection, Maryland Traditions Archives, Collection 123

F. Belle Devilbiss journal of school lessons, Collection 126

Kuhn family scrapbook, University Archives, Collection 127

Student Affairs records, University Archives, Collection 129

Steven Gentry manuscript, Collection 133

Robert Gerle papers, University Archives, Collection 134

Elaine Eff papers, Maryland Traditions Archives, Collection 146

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Glee Club collection, The Photography Collections, Collection 147

Public Policy records, University Archives, Collection 148

Tim Ford photographs, University Archives, Collection 149

Annie Greene manuscript, Collection 151

John Q. Lane sketchbook, Collection 152

J. H. Swartz manuscript, Collection 153

John Dos Passos letter, Collection 154

Lizette Woodworth Reese manuscript, Collection 155

Die-cut scrapbook, Collection 156

Commodore Philip Voorhees log book, Collection 157

Autograph book, Collection 158

Michael J. Geraghty manuscript, Collection 159

Andrew D. Jack journal, Collection 160

Account sheets, Collection 161

Baudour Porcelain records, Collection 162

Chinese paper money, Collection 163

John Lofland manuscript, Collection 164

Charles J. Ingersoll papers, Collection 165

Levy Lammott promissory note, Collection 166

John H. B. Latrobe letter, Collection 167

Puerto Rico official documents, Collection 168

A. Bertram Chandler manuscript, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 169

Robert Chilson manuscript, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 172

Isaac Asimov manuscripts, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 173

Roger Zelazny Papers, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 174

Gerard F. Conway manuscript, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 175

Gordon R. Dickson manuscript, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 176

V. K. Findlay scrapbook, Collection 177

John K. Diomede manuscript, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 179

Herbert Franke manuscript, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 180

M. A. Foster manuscript, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 181

Raymond Z. Gallun manuscript, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 182

Joseph Green manuscripts, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 183

Charles L. Harness papers, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 184

Michael Kurland manuscript, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 185

John Norman manuscript, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 186

Frederik Pohl manuscripts, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 187

John Rackham manuscript, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 188

Cecil Snyder III manuscript, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 189

Brian Stableford manuscripts, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 190

Louis Trimble manuscript, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 191

E. C. Tubb manuscripts, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 192

William Walling manuscript, Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts, Collection 193

Jim Mohr papers, University Archives, Collection 194

Hugh Davis Graham papers, University Archives, Collection 195

W. Edward Orser papers, University Archives, Collection 196

Raymond Starr papers, University Archives, Collection 197

Slobodan B. Petrovich papers, University Archives, Collection 198

Renate Fischetti papers, University Archives, Collection 199

Grancel Fitz papers, Collection 200

James Hall Bready collection, Collection 201

Rita Colwell papers, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 202

France-TV records, University Archives, Collection 205

Edward Bafford recordings, Collection 206

George La Noue papers, University Archives, Collection 207

David Lewis papers, University Archives, Collection 208

Will Backstrom collection, University Archives, Collection 209


EAD-XML

In 2015, the Special Collections department of the Albin O. Kuhn Library at UMBC will begin to use Encoded Archival Description (EAD-XML) to create finding aids. Information about this project and the work created will be added to this page as it is finalized.

What is EAD-XML? Encoded Archival Description (EAD) is a standard format of XML that is used to create finding aids. XML is a mark-up langauge that is used for structured data or to make a document machine-readable - this means that a computer can parse out different sections and identify the sections by the XML tags. Why is it important? Creating finding aids using EAD allows archives and libraries to share their files and make them available in shared catalogs like ArchiveGrid. It also means that the finding aids are somewhat uniform, although how the finding aid is displayed to the user can vary quite a lot.

Want to learn more about EAD-XML and/or XML in general?

A resource list is available (opens as a PDF).

Implementation at UMBC

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In 2014, UMBC was awarded a grant through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) Access to Historical Records program. The project plan for the grant, "Implementation of an EAD compliant work flow at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County," includes standardizing collection level and finding aid data creation, repurposing data across multiple systems (PastPerfect, Aleph, and CONTENTdm), and using multiple standards (MARC, Dublin Core, and EAD3).

Want to learn more or ask questions?

For questions related to the NHPRC grant, the description manual, or EAD, please contact Special Collections Archivist Lindsey Loeper at lindseyloeper@umbc.edu.

For questions related to the use of MARC XML, please contact Catalog Librarian Vicki Sipe at sipe@umbc.edu.


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