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Archival Collections at the University of Maryland Libraries

ArchivesUM is a database to help researchers locate archival and manuscript collections at the University of Maryland Libraries.

What is a Finding Aid?

Finding aids are indexes to archival and manuscript collections. A finding aid can be as simple as a listing of folders (often called an inventory or preliminary inventory), but it can also be a complex document that places materials in context by consolidating information about the collection, such as a history or biographical note and a description of the arrangement of the collection.

How Do I Search ArchivesUM?

  • Browse finding aids by using the menus on the left-hand sidebar.
    • Alphabetically by collection name
    • By administrative unit in the University of Maryland Libraries
    • By broad subject category
    • By Maryland geographic region
  • Search finding aids using our advanced search feature.