Archival Standards

Folders are alphabetized according to the American Library Association Filing Rules (Chicago: American Library Association, 1980).

Capitalization and Punctuation
Titles are capitalized and punctuated according to the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd ed., rev. (Chicago: American Library Association, 1998). Brackets indicate that the information therein was supplied by the archivist.

Dates supplied by the archivist appear in brackets. Uncertain dates are followed by a question mark. Circa dates (“ca.”) imply a date within five years of the approximate date given. For example, ca. 1910 implies that the material dates from 1905–1915.

Online Finding Aids
Finding aids are compliant with the Encoded Archival Description Document Type Definition (EAD DTD), version 2002, and with RLG Recommended Application Guidelines for EAD, version 1. Our finding aids are produced through Archivists’ Toolkit®.

Personal and Corporate Names
Name of individuals and corporate bodies are verified whenever possible using the Library of Congress’s Name Authority File, available at Note the Library of Congress and its participating partners do not update all authority records with death dates.

Place names are verified using the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names.

Style conventions conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, with some modification.


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