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About Our Finding Aids

Hagley Museum and Library collects, preserves, and interprets the unfolding history of American enterprise. Hagley's collections document the interaction between business and the cultural, social, and political dimensions of our society from the late 18th century to the present.

The staff of the Hagley Library have created finding aids for many of the collections in the Manuscripts and Archives, Published Collections, and Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department. Finding aids identify, describe, and list collection contents. Although these collections are recorded in our online catalog, our finding aids provide a more detailed inventory of their contents. Most finding aids also contain information about the person or organization who created the collection. Typically, these guides do not describe individual items like a catalog does. Instead, finding aids describe groupings of materials such as the contents of a folder or a box as well as the organizational context in which these materials are stored.

This database of finding aids searches archival collections here at Hagley Museum and Library. It contains only those finding aids that have been converted to a machine readable format called Encoded Archival Description (EAD), an on-going project.

Hagley's library catalog may be also be used to locate additional collections that are available for research but have not yet been converted to EAD.


This database is backed by an open source platform called eXtensible Text Framework (XTF).

The Audiovisual and Digital Initiatives Department at Hagley would like to thank staff at North Carolina State University's Special Collections Research Center and the Special Collections Department at the University of Buffalo for allowing us to use elements of their own finding aid databases for this project.

We would also like to acknowledge staff of the former Digital Collections Department (Kevin Martin, Abby Adams, Karla Irwin) and its volunteers (Sarah Leu, Marrette Pearsall, Sarah Sherman, Alex Miller, Annalise Berdini, Mary Alice Cicerale, Skylar Harris, Lisa Iannucci, Mike Kasper, and Mairead Browne) for all their hard work.