National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the U. S.
Location: Microfiche Cabinets 55-56
This collection, divided into four parts, includes detailed
descriptions of the finding aids, registers, indexes, and collection guides
available for collections of manuscripts and documentary sources in the United
Typical finding aids can contain: a general description of the collection
listing its size, chronological coverage, and general contents; a history or
biography of the subject of the collection; use restrictions; provenance;
calendar of events; detailed description of the contents of the collection; and
a subject index. The primary value of NIDS is to maximize the efficiency of a
scholar's search for and evaluation of primary sources.
Part 1: Federal
Part 1 includes contents of the more than 400 record groups of the
National Archives. It contains finding aids to collections of papers in all
seven Presidential Libraries: Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy,
Johnson, Ford. In addition it includes finding aids to the collections of the
Smithsonian Institution, providing access to the United States' foremost
collection of scientific archives.
Part 2: Manuscript Division, Library Congress
Part 2 includes registers to almost 800 collections in the
manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.
Part 3: State Archives, Libraries and Historical Societies
Part 3 contains detailed listings of the contents of the two most
important sources on U.S. social and political and regional history.
Part 4: Academic Libraries and Other Repositories
Part 4 includes finding aids to nearly 100 repositories, large and
small throughout the US. Included are contributors such as Harvard, UCLA,
University of California-Berkeley, University of Michigan and University of
Finding aids included are from all academic libraries, state libraries, state
archives, historical societies, the Library of Congress, the National Archives,
the Presidential Libraries, the Smithsonian Institution, and others.
How to search the collection:
The first part of each index is a list of those finding aids which are
reproduced on microfiche, arranged by the name of the repository in alphabetical
order (moving down through the rows of microfiche-not across left to right). The
second part of the index is the names and subject index. Against each name or
subject term there is a number which represents a finding aid. The finding
aids are listed in numerical order in the first part of the index. The
description of each finding aid includes the identification number of the
microfiche on which it is reproduced. The microfiche title strip consists
of three parts. The first, '1', refers to the first part of the
National Inventory. The second part is the number allotted to the
repository. The third part is the number allotted to the finding aid.
Index to the National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the
United States (shelved above Microfiche Cabinet 55)
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Time Period: 20th Century
Subject keywords: U. S. History
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