Searchable EAD Finding Aids

Finding aids help researchers find the materials you need from the Central Upper Peninsula & NMU Archives.  The Archives staff have prepared finding aids in EAD (Encoded Archival Description), an encoding standard used to organize finding aids in a way that makes sense to you, the researcher.

A finding aid will...

  • Provide the biographical or historic context of the person or organization you are researching.
  • Show you how the collection is organized.
  • List the contents of the collection, either by folder or item.
  • Describe the contents of the collection with subject terms.  You can use these subject terms to find out more about a particular topic.
  • Tell you what level of access you can have to the materials.


Click here to view a presentation explaining how to use finding aids in University Archives.


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