Unlike books, archival collections typically cannot be cataloged a the item level. Instead, archives use finding aids, or collection guides, to describe their collections as a whole.
What is a finding aid? A guide or research tool that facilitates discovery of information within a collection of records. They include information about the creator or author, formats, dates covered, and how the materials are arranged. Then there will be lists of the series, boxes, folders, and items.
How are finding aids used? Researchers and archivists can search or browse a finding aid to find materials relevant to their research topic. Use them to narrow down which boxes and folders you will request at the Archives. If items or documents are digitized, links to the digital files will be included.
To learn more about Suffolk's collections, you can view the full list on the "Finding aids" page on the Moakley Archive's Collections page.
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At the Archives
Before heading to the Archives, do background research! The Sawyer Library provides full-text, online access to wide variety of newspaper and journal content, including: