What Is A Finding Aid?

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Finding Aids

New Mexico libraries and archives have a wealth of original research materials. Finding aids help you discover what historical records are available for research and where they are located.


A finding aid is a guide to an archival collection. It describes a collection of personal papers, business records or records of an organization. These collections are located in libraries and archives around New Mexico. You can find the guides by searching for a person or subject on this website. For example, if you search for Elfego Baca, you will find a description for the Elfego Baca Collection, 1904-1945. Selecting that title leads to a link for the complete finding aid in the Rocky Mountain Online Archive (RMOA).

All finding aids include information about where archival material is located. When you discover archival material that you need for your research, contact the appropriate library or archive for information about accessing their collections.