Manuscript Finding Aids Online
Introduction to Finding Aids
Inventories and container lists include varying levels of information about our collections. Container lists are merely a listing of what is in each collection by box or container. Inventories provide more complete information about a collection and its creators. They typically include the following elements:
- brief summary of the collection, giving the dates, languages, brief description of content, related collections, and access restrictions
- biographical sketch of the creator of the records and other people or businesses who figure prominently in the collection
- scope note, which is a description of the collection as a whole, including what kinds of formats are present and what topics are covered in the collection
- series list and series descriptions, which show how the collection is arranged and provide more specific information about the contents of each series than is found in the scope note
- container list, showing what is found in each box.
View an online tutorial about locating manuscript resources in Hill Memorial Library.
To locate manuscript materials in repositories both in the United States and internationally, users may search the RLIN AMC database of over 500,000 records. This gateway is maintained by the Library of Congress. LSU Libraries Special Collections also provides searching capabilities for manuscripts collections throughout the United States through Archives USA. This service may only be accessed from a computer on the LSU campus or through an account served by Louisiana State University. For additional information about the LSU Libraries' Special Collections holdings of published materials, as well as manuscripts, be sure to search the Online Public Access Catalog.
The following list of collection titles offers links to our electronic finding aids.