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Yeshiva University Archives is pleased to announce the release of a
database of finding aids to its archival collections.  This database
significantly enhances patrons' discovery of the Archives' extensive
holdings of primary source material relating to modern Jewish history
and culture in the United States and abroad.   Using the eXtensible Text
Framework (XTF) open-source architecture, developed by the California
Digital Library and customized by Library staff members, the database
includes full text searching across all finding aids, displays search
hits in context, and enables results to be navigated with ease.
Additionally, patrons can browse all finding aids by Title, Creator and
one or more Subject terms, the latter of which should greatly facilitate
identifying all collections relating to particular areas of study.

Over 270 finding aids, encoded according to the Encoded Archival
Description (EAD) standard, are included in this initial launch.
Finding aids for a number of the larger collections include folder-level
inventories.  Additional inventories, new finding aids, as well as
enhanced searching features will be added as the project proceeds.   

The database can be accessed at 
http://libfindaids.yu.edu:8082/xtf/search.  We invite your questions and
feedback.

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Deena M. Schwimmer, Associate Archivist 

Yeshiva University Archives 

mail:  500 W. 185th St. / New York, NY 10033 / interoffice: MGL - 602

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