A Finding Aid is a guide to a collection of related documents that have been donated to the Museum—either from individuals who may have amassed letters, photographs, ledgers, and so forth of their family history (for instance), or from businesses or organizations that have saved their records and are looking for a safe place to deposit them. Collections such as these would be clearly related by subject; however in some cases the documents are grouped together only by way of the donor, who may have had a wide range of interests covering many topics.
Each Finding Aid consists of a notation on the physical size of the collection; the date and number of its acquisition; introductory text describing the historical background and scope of the collection; a series listing, giving a broad overview of the collection broken out into topics (e.g. Series I: Letters; Series II: Photographs); and a container list, indicating precisely where each item can be found within the box or folder.
To search this website for a term or keyword, use the search box in the top right corner of the page. The Finding Aids on the Cape Ann Museum's website represent only a minute fraction of what is available in the Museum's Library/Archives; for further assistance with items in the collection, please contact the Library/Archives at (978) 283-0455, x19 or email email@example.com.