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About the PACSCL Finding Aids Site
Council on Library and Information Resources funded "Hidden Collections" Project
The initial group of finding aids provided on this site result from the CLIR funded "Hidden Collections in the Philadelphia Area: A Consortial Processing and Cataloging Initiative," a 27-month project beginning in July 2009, which produced finding aids for a selection of the 23 participating PACSCL institutions' greatest "hidden" collections and existing sub-standard finding aids. This site helps satisfy PACSCL's "Hidden Collections" Processing Project's goal of "providing a single access point for all of the region's research collections," and therefore, presenting insight into the country's political, economic, social, religious and cultural experiences, as well as Philadelphia's role in shaping America and its citizens. This site now also hosts the finding aids produced by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories.
Created and hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, this union catalog presents finding aids (or guides to the collections) and not facsimiles of manuscripts, images, and other archival material. Unless specifically noted, the holdings described within the guides are physically available in the respective reading rooms of the participating repositories, and not digitally available through the web. Discovery through faceted searching can be limited to a single repository or include all participating repositories. Printer friendly, as well as PDF versions of the finding aids, are available from this site.
It is important to note that these are not always the only finding aids in existence for participating repositories. Finding aids in this site were generated by the Archivists' Toolkit. Other finding aids (usually pre-existing), may be available via individual repositories.
PACSCL repositories not participating in this site include: American Philosophical Society, Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Delaware Art Museum, Franklin and Marshall College, La Salle University, State Library of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, Villanova University, and Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library.
Special thanks to the University of Pennsylvania DLA for making this site a reality, and especially: Maureen Callahan, Michelle Chesner, Delphine Khanna, Patty Lynn, Rachelle Nelson, Nancy Shawcross, Jordon Steele, and Leslie Vallhonrat.