In honor of the event, today’s brief Finding Aid Friday is focused on the sport of gentlemen: boxing.
The be-all and end-all of boxing finding aids (and well-processed boxing collections), in my opinion, is the Hank Kaplan Boxing Archive. I’ve written about it (and referred to it) a few times and I. Love. It. There’s no shame in my bias.
The finding aid has its own portal with access point, subgroup statement, and container holdings pages. It does employ frames, so if you hate frames or use a browser that does, your experience may be hindered a bit. But the frames do have a purpose: it allows users to simultaneously view the sub-group arrangement hierarchy while clicking their way around the various sub-group statements (the same goes for the container holdings). There’s minimal need to open new tabs or go back and scroll to where you were on the previous page.
But it is useful, you ask? Yes. Yes, it is.
How do I know?
Because I’ve used it!
The Albert Davis Boxing and Sport Photography Collection, held by the University of Texas-Austin’s Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, has another great boxing collection and finding aid. It’s a straight-forward, scrollable document that gives a good overview of the collection. I really appreciate the item level descriptions in the finding aid. It’s incredibly helpful to look down the container list and see all those names and dates.
The best part is that highlights from the collection can be viewed in an online exhibition. It’s not linked to the finding aid (as far as I can tell), and that’s a shame because the online gallery is a great enticement for
researchers me researchers and fight fans alike.