Finding Aid Friday: Memorial Day Edition

In an attempt to blog more regularly and do something in line with the blog’s title, I’m aiming to write about the varied and wonderful finding aids available online. Since Monday is Memorial Day, this inaugural Finding Aid Friday focuses on collections dedicated and pertaining to fallen service men and women.

First, the National Park Service‘s NPS, GNMP, General Historical Photographic Negatives, 1863-Present finding aid dedicated to the photographs of Gettysburg National Military Park.

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The public face of this finding aid provides basic information (location, size, dates, formats), but links to other object records in the Gettysburg collection. There is a link to what’s probably the full finding aid, but I was unable to open the PDF (bad link? bad internet connection? who knows). Interesting read.

Next is the Pearl Harbor Attack Collection at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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FDR Presidential Libary

The FDR library archives holds the papers of the former president and his First Lady, as well as individuals and organizations connected to them. There are over a dozen digital collections on President Roosevelt and his presidency, including the events of December 7, 1941.

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FDR Presidential Library

The digital collection-cum-finding aid allows viewers to see scanned documents, maps, and photographs from the collection, sometimes even the original folder the papers were stored in. It’s the archives experience for when you can’t leave your home. A finding aid PDF is also available.

Finally, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Records, 1965 – 1994 finding aid at the Library of Congress (referred to as “LC” by hip kids in the know). There isn’t a lot on the artistic merits of the memorial, but lots of insight into the bureaucracy and paper-pushing behind its funding and development.

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Libary of Congress

Little on the pizazz but full of information. Finding aids aren’t supposed to be glamorous, but there’s a certain beauty to indented text, isn’t there? This is a great finding aid.

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Library of Congress

The container lists are fleshed out and the collection is indexed so you can search for content by a particular person or organization, and then see if there’s anything available in other LC finding aids or in the LC catalog. You never know what you’ll learn going through the index …

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Library of Congress

Like Ross Perot. Remember him? He’s still alive. Hadn’t a clue.


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