The Help section offers tips for searching the finding aids on this site (Five College Archives & Manuscripts), as well as help with searching for archival and manuscript materials in the separate Five College Libraries Catalog.
Note that the Libraries Catalog includes the collections represented on this site, plus many more collections that do not yet have finding aids. The catalog records are briefer than the more detailed finding aids, and do not usually describe individual items. They will include a link to the online finding aid if it is available. If a finding aid is not online, you may obtain more information about the collection from the repository (see Links and Contact Information).
For newcomers to the world of primary source research, this Guide offers definitions of terms such as "primary sources" (including samples), "finding aids" and "archives"; gives links to related sites on finding and using primary sources and links to sites with digitized (online) primary sources; and contact information for local archival repositories.