The University at Buffalo Libraries are proud to announce the availability of a new tool that will vastly improve access to finding aids for our unique archival collections. The database stores finding aids from University Archives, the Poetry Collection, the Law Library, and the Music Library. It operates using the eXtensible Text Framework (XTF) system developed by the California Digital Library.
The database can be accessed directly at http://libweb1.lib.buffalo.edu:8080/xtf/search. Associated pages contain information about UB’s archival collections, Encoded Archival Description as a format, and the structure of UB’s EAD finding aids. The database has also been added to the UB Libraries list of Databases by Title under “Finding Aids at the University at Buffalo Libraries“.
What are finding aids? Finding aids are guides to archival records, personal papers, or manuscripts. They describe a collection’s origins, contents, and organization in more detail than the library catalog describes books. They are tools to help researchers determine if a collection contains useful information and where that information is located. Visit About UB Finding Aids for more information.