Finding aids can be defined as documents that "archival resources in context by consolidating information about the collection, such as acquisition and processing; provenance; biographical or historical notes; scope of the collection, including size, subjects, media; organization and arrangement; and an inventory of the boxes, folders, and other containers in the collection.* It is intended to preserve information about how the collections were created, used, and originally organized, to help researchers understand the relationship of different parts of archival collections to the other parts.
Currently, completed collection finding aids for UHCL Archives and Special Collections' individual collections are available online in the UHCL Neumann Library's Institutional Repository (IR) as searchable PDF documents. We are working to integrate these finding aids into an integrated catalog system that will make searching them easier down the road. For collecting area-specific finding aids--such as for the Human Space Flight Collection or Clear Lake Area Collection--navigate to the specific collection LibGuides pages linked here through the tab "UHCL Archives Collecting Areas."
Below are the three current methods by which to access and search the collections' finding aids for the UHCL Archives and Special Collections:
Contact UHCL Archives and Special Collections
Starting in 2022, the UHCL Archives and Special Collection began implementing a new collection numbering system, in which the collecting area abbreviations are being used as the basis for collection numbering. The Archives will be using "HSF-" to number Human Space Flight Collections; "CLA" to number Clear Lake Area Collections; and "UA-" to number University Archives records series and collections. For example, HSF- represents “Human Space Flight Collection," and a numerical collection number is assigned within this category. The previous numbering system for archival collections was composed of the year in which the collection was accessioned into the UHCL Archives’ holdings, and the number of the collection in the order it was accessioned. For example, a collection number use to be “2015-0004." Please be aware of this different collection numbering while reviewing UHCL Archives' finding aids online.
*Dictionary of Archives Terminology, Society of American Archivists, s.v. “finding aid,” accessed July 31, 2022, at https://dictionary.archivists.org/entry/finding-aid.html
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