Locating Manuscripts in Special Collections

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Find Primary Sources

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We will locate primary sources, in this case Manuscripts, about the history of banking in Arizona.

Notice that the catalog defaults to a basic keyword search.

However, we need to do an Advanced Search.

Your Turn:

  • Click on the Advanced Search link

   

Find Primary Sources

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Your Turn:

  • Search Arizona AND banking AND history
  • Move down the page to the Add Limits (Optional) section.
  • In the Format box, scroll through the options and select Manuscripts.
  • Click the Search button 

Find a Call Number

  • Scroll through the results and click on 
    Jacobs family papers,  1861–1909 (bulk 1878-1890).

Read this record and answer the following questions:

What is the call number for the Jacobs family papers?

Find Subject Headings

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Being able to identify subject headings will help you find more library resources that relate specifically to your research topic. 

Your Turn:

  • Scroll down to locate the Subjects field.
  • Look at the subjects listed in the record.

Find Subject Headings

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Which subject would you choose if you wanted to locate resources about the history of military bases in Arizona?

See Note and Summary

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Your Turn:

  • Scroll to the bottom of the record and locate the Note and Summary fields.

These fields in a Special Collection record will provide you with information on key individuals, events, and time periods.

More in-depth information can be retrieved from the finding aid for the collection.

See Note and Summary

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According to the information in the Note and Summary fields, what types of materials does this collection contain?

Check the Size

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Your Turn:

  • Scroll to the very bottom of the record and locate the Description field.

This area tells the size of the collection.

For Special Collections materials in boxes, the collection's size is a good indicator of whether you'll need the finding aid to locate specific items.

Collections organized into boxes can vary in size from 0.1 linear feet (like a leaf from a diary) to 600 linear feet.

Check the Size

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How many linear feet are in this collection? 

Find the Finding Aid

Although finding aids aren't created for every collection, when one is available, we advise reviewing it before working with the collection.

The finding aid will help you pinpoint the parts of the collection you'd like to review.

The finding aid also can provide links to related collections and may provide information on provenance.

Your Turn:

  • Scroll to the top of the record and click View the guide to this collection

You are now in the finding aid.

Explore the Finding Aid

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Your Turn:

  • Within the table of contents on the left side of the page, click the Biographical Note link.

      

Explore the Finding Aid

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When did Lionel and Barron Jacobs arrive in Tucson?

See the Scope

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Your Turn:

  • Click the Scope and Content Note

     

This is the full version of the information from the Summary portion of the catalog record.

 

See the Scope

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What information does this collection provide? (Look toward the end of this section).

Check the Contents

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Manuscript collections can contain both unbound and bound materials. Unbound materials are organized into boxes and folders.

Bound materials are generally organized by volume. The collection guide provides a brief overview of what's in boxes, folders, and bound volumes.

Your Turn:

  • Click the Container List link.
  • Skim the paragraph under Series I: Unbound Papers, 1861-1896.

Check the Contents

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Locate box 2 Folder 2 under Series I: Unbound Papers, 1861-1896. What does this folder contain?

Check the Contents

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Your Turn:

  • Scroll down and locate the summary for Series II: Bound Volumes, 1867-1909. Skim the paragraph.

What do the bound volumes contain?

Identify Related Collections

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Your Turn:

  • Click the Related Material link.

Where can you locate additional information on the Jacobs family?

Identify Related Collections

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