Finding Aid: A finding aid is a guide to what kinds of things you are likely to find in an archival collection, how to look for those things, and how to use them. A finding aid is like an index to a book.*
Series: A series is how we label portion of collections, similar to chapters in a book.
Archivist: An individual who works to organize archival collections and make them accessible for research. Archivists don't just work with old papers and books; archivists work with computer files, photographs, artifacts, maps, sound recordings, textiles, and film.
Provenance: Information regarding the origins, custody, and ownership of an item or collection.
What's the difference between Conservation and Preservation? Conservation counters existing damage, as distinguished from preservation, which attempts to prevent damage.**
*Definition courtesy of Jill Severn, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies.
**Definition courtesy of the SAA Glossary of Archival Records and Terminology
Before you dive into archival research, know what you want to research. It's easy to be overwhelmed with names, dates, acronyms, and lots and lots of paper