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.

The Archives is in the process of converting collection finding aids to ArchivesSpace. In the meantime, patrons may browse all historical manuscript collection finding aids alphabetically by collection title. Patrons may conduct subject, name, and keyword searches from the Lydia M. Olson Library's catalog

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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