An archival collection is a set of papers generated by a person or organization over some period of time. It can range from a few folders to hundreds of boxes.
- An individual's personal papers might include journals, photo albums, letters, and personal documents like a marriage certificate.
- An individual's professional papers might include drafts of published writing; correspondence with colleagues, speeches given, awards received.
- The papers of a non-profit organization might include past issues of its newsletter, fundraising letters, meeting summaries for the board of directors and annual reports.
A finding aid is the document describing the contents of an archival collection -- usually not every document, but folder by folder. You can search the full text of Special Collections finding aids. Type AND between each keyword in your search.