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Archival Finding Aids

What is a Finding Aid?

A finding aid is a tool created by records professionals to give information about the contents of archival collections. Finding aids provide detailed inventories to help researchers locate relevant materials.

The Physics History Finding Aids Website (PHFAWS) was implemented in 1999 with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It currently has finding aids from more than 40 archives in the U.S. and the U.K., and we add other institutions regularly. All the finding aids are cross-indexed, which means that researchers can find all the sources for an individuals at the participating archives.


International Catalog of Sources

Other information can be found in the International Catalog of Sources (ICOS).

The ICOS complements the Physics History Finding Aids Website. It gives summary information about thousands of additional collections, including all the holdings in the Niels Bohr Library & Archives. Researchers seeking archival materials should use both databases.

More about PHFAWS

At the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting in Denver in August, 2000, we sponsored a session entitled "Everything But Encoding: Costs and Benefits of EAD Consortia" that described the creation of PHFAWSPapers were given by:

Need help?

See our Finding Aids Help page or you may e-mail us at nbl@aip.org or call (301) 209-3177.