Q. What is a descriptive list in Archives?
A Descriptive List is a finding aid for collections in Archives. It tells you:
- where a collection came from
- how it is arranged
- what is in it.
It allows you to search within a collection. Use either the online PDF copy, which you can search by keyword, or browse the hard copy when you visit Special Collections & Archives (hard copies cannot be borrowed). This is helpful when you are looking for a specific item in a collection. It also helps you assess the collection as a primary source.