Finding Aids and Inventories

Finding aids are descriptive tools such as guides, inventories, or catalogs, which are used to describe archival records and manuscript collections. Typically, a finding aid provides information about the creator, origin, scope, content, format, date range, and arrangement of the papers or records. Often, the finding aid includes a detailed container list that provides information about the folders or items in the collection. Most collections are described at the folder level, rather than at the item level. Currently we host our finding aids with a content management system called ArchivesSpace.

Helpful guides

The following guides are helpful in finding collections hosted on the database

What’s not included?

The University of Florida Archival & Manuscript Finding Aids database does not include all archival materials at the University of Florida. Materials not included here are:

  • Most unprocessed collections, meaning collections that have recently come to the University that have not yet been inventoried. Contact the individual collecting unit that the materials may reside in to learn more.
  • The East Florida Papers Index (see index)
  • The Florida Miscellaneous Manuscript Collection Index (see index)
  • Florida Historical Map Collection (see index)
  • Some microfilm collections including the Stetson papers, Florida Legajos from the Archivo General de Indias (AGI) and others.
  • Some Map and Imagery Library materials
  • Some materials only available on UFDC
  • Though generally included within our finding aids, a more direct route to view archived websites in our collection can be found at our Archive-It Page