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A finding aid is a description of a collection of archival material. The finding aids on this website describe collections held by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library. Unless otherwise noted, the online finding aid is the most detailed description of a collection.

A finding aid provides information about a collection and its creators. It also provides an outline of a collection's contents.

A finding aid may include the following information:

  • Indications of a collection's size, date span, and formats (such as bound volumes, audio recordings, photographs, etc.)
  • Biographical or historical description of a collection's creator
  • Summary of a collection's contents
  • A list of a collection's contents by container (for example, folder, box, etc.)

A finding aid does not typically include description of individual documents. Locating individual documents not described in a finding aid requires review of the collection.

A large percentage of the collections are represented in the online finding aids, but they vary greatly in depth and detail. In some instances, a more complete finding aids is available only in paper copy through the Research and Instructional Services Department. For a copy of a more complete finding aid, please send your request to

In addition to searching this site, please search the Library's online catalog where almost all of the collections are represented.

Our processing documentation is available in our Archival Processing at UNC wiki.