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Finding Aids/Inventories for Collections

Finding Aids

A finding aid is a document that assists researchers in navigating a large archival collection. It usually provides a biography of the individual who created the collection, a chronology, a brief overview of the material, and a folder-by-folder list of contents. Finding aids for distinct collections will be added to this site as they become available.


Virginia and Gilbert McClurg Collection
Documents relating to the Colorado Cliff Dwellings Assocition and the preservation of the Anasazi ruins in Southwestern Colorado
(approximately 17 pages)
Elsie Queen Nicholson Collection
Personal papers and correspondence relating to Colorado Springs' founder W.J. Palmer, the donor's grandfather
(approximately 11 pages)
Charles C. Pauly Collection
Personal papers, business and financial materials, family records, ephemera.

Dorothy Heller Collection
Srapbooks, photographs, ephemera.

Edith Bixby Love Collection
Personal Correspondence, printed material.
L. E. Ellinwood Collection
Topical Files, slides, audio materials, books, newspapers.
Knutson Bowers Collection
Photographs, theatre programs, ephemera.
Lois Crouch Collection
Manuscripts, notebooks, scrapbooks, photographs.
Nellie Burget Miller Collection
Personal Papers, correspondence, ephemera.
Tim Nicholson Collection
Books, photographs, correspondence, ephemera.
Areba Jackson Collection
Correspondence, publications, artwork, certificates.


An inventory contains information about the types of material in a collection and the subject matter to which it relates. It is less detailed than a finding aid. The following are inventories of collections held by SCLH.

Charles Damrow Collection
Certificates, cheques, prints, photographs.
Dean and Peg Edwards Collection
Sheet music, photographs, books.
Elizabeth Shafer Collection
School papers, correspondence, photographs.
Frederick Boothroyd Collection
Correspondence, photographs, programs.
Iles Family Collection
Correspondence, photographs, manuscript.
Mathews Collection
Correspondence, photographs, ephemrera.
Montgomery-Mansfield Collection
Correspondence, photographs, ephemera.
Pope Collection
Negatives, photographs, books.
Time Capsule Collection
Books, photographs, scrapbooks.
Vera Gang Scott Collection
Negatives, photographs, correspondence.
Walton Family Collection
Negatives, photographs, correspondence.
Yearbook Inventory
Save Outdoor Sculpture Collection
Documents, published materials, images.