Daily Archives: July 31, 2008

Finding Aid Additions: July 2008


We’re starting a new feature on our blog, designed to let you know when we add to our existing online resources and descriptions of our collections. Additionally, and as a means of providing some background information, we thought we’d share a bit about or arrangement and description process.

In our effort to get as many collections described and online, we create collection level descriptions for most collections. What is a collection level description? It means that you’re not likely to find a detailed inventory; it’s more in line with the levels of arrangement and description suggested by Greene and Meissner in their “More Product, Less Process” article. This means that you’ll find a note following many of the titles in this list that tells you whether the finding aid is a preliminary guide or in its final form.

For example, in this round:

  • most (11) are collection-level finding aids
  • 2 are full finding aids (RG 062 and P 259)
  • 5 are for collections received in 2007 (Bartholomew, King, Packard, Williams, and RG 235)
  • one is for a collection received in 2006 (P 259)
  • most (11) are new finding aids
  • 2 are updates of existing finding aids (FV P 069 and FV P 182)
  • 5 are for collections for which we previously had no information available online, other than a title (RG 062, P 053; P 090, P 146, and Gilkey)

In the list that follows, you’ll also notice that we give you a link to both the NWDA guide and the locally hosted PDF—you choose your view, both are the same!

Finally, when we create a new finding aid, we load the file to the Northwest Digital Archives, provide a locally hosted PDF on our site, and produce MARC catalog records that are accessible through the OSU Libraries catalog, Summit, and Worldcat.

For July, the following 13 finding aids were completed:

Bartholomew, Frank H., Collection, 1983-1985

College of Engineering Records, 1930-2002 (RG 062) [full]

College of Engineering Videotapes, circa 1995-1996 (FV P 069)

Gilkey, Beulah, Collection, 1905-1960 [preliminary]

Horticulture Department Photographs, 1900-1980 (P 090) [preliminary]

King, David B., Papers, 1982-1994

Nolan, J.M., Photograph Collection, 1889-1902 (P 053)

Packard, Earl, Papers, 1913-1980

Sewell, James A., Photograph Album, circa 1902-1904 (P 259)

Student Affairs Moving Images, 1963-1995 (FV P 182)

Western Center for Community College Development Records, 1979-2004 (RG 235) [preliminary]

Williams, Gerald W., Collection, 1855-2007 [preliminary]

4-H Photograph Collection, 1913-1988 (P 146) [preliminary]