Wondering what a finding aid is? Or maybe a series? Archivists use specialized terminology; the glossary below define terms encountered during the research process.
What's in a Collection?
Archives contain one-of-a-kind materials such as diaries, letters, and photos that are preserved because these materials have long-term value for research. Archives exist to collect, preserve, and provide access to their research collections in perpetuity.
Types of Archives:
Primary Sources are first-hand accounts or evidence of an event or topic. They are often created around the time of the event and by people who lived through it.
The Moakley Archive and Institute is home to Suffolk University’s institutional archives and special collections. Use the research collections to explore the following topics: