Special Collections and University Archives news: NHPRC awards finding aid project grant

Apr 12, 2017 · Rachel Seale

NHPRC logoSpecial Collections and University Archives (SCUA) is pleased to announce that the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) has awarded the University Library a $118,825 grant to support a two-year project to migrate nearly 1,700 finding aids into a new archives management system that complies with EAD (Encoded Archival Description).

The project?titled ?Modern Tools for Modern Research: Migrating Old Finding Aids to a New Archives Management System? will transform the way researchers explore and interact with SCUA?s unique collections. In addition to brief catalog records, SCUA uses detailed finding aids to describe its archival collections. (An example of one of our finding aids for an archival collection can be found here).? Archival collections can range in size from a small folder to hundreds of boxes. The finding aid facilitates the discovery of information within an archival collection, and researchers and archivists alike would spend many, many extra hours searching for information without such a tool.

What does this mean for faculty and staff? With the migration of our finding aids to new archives management system software (CuadraSTAR?s SKCA), on- and off-campus scholars will have an enhanced mechanism to search and discover finding aids for their research. They will be able to conduct advanced searches that allow for multiple terms at the same time. Results then can be limited by dates and/or formats.

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About NHPRC: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), supports a wide range of activities to preserve, publish, and encourage the use of documentary sources, created in every medium ranging from quill pen to computer, relating to the history of the United States.