Many of the Pioneer Valley’s museums and archives, both large and small, have printed “finding aids” for certain collections, or for their entire holdings. These finding aids, once a standard practice for museums and archives, are used by museum staff to locate specific items from those collections. For the researcher, they provide insight into the holdings of that museum or archives. Frequently, these finding aids are not digitized and are nowhere to be found on the world wide web.
This project will enable researchers and the general public to utilize archival resources of the Pioneer Valley that are currently languishing because finding aids for many important collections have not been made available on the Internet.