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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

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