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Using the Archive & Special Collections: Home

This guide will help you find your way around the UASC archival collections and provide you helpful tips on how to do archival research and read a finding aid.

Using this Guide

Using this Guide

This guide will show the process of how to access the University Archives & Special Collections (UASC) and provides a brief overview of archives and common terminology. The guide is organized through a series of tabs along the top of the page. Below is a breakdown of what each tab contains.


Accessing Materials outlines how to access the collections, what to expect and how to prepare for your visit.

Finding Aids are a tool to help you understand the information held within a collection. This tab will break down how to read a finding aid.

Archival Lingo provides a basic definition to the most common terms you will hear in the archive. These terms will provide you with the vocabulary to help you ask for materials from an archive.

Citing Archival Material links to resources to help you cite archival records in Chicago Manual Style.