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Attic to Archives

Bringing Historical Collections to Light

Have you ever wondered how a group of old papers becomes a research collection? A great deal of research, writing, and hands-on cataloging takes place between the time that files are moved out of an attic or garage and the day that researchers come to use them in the Special Collections reading room. This exhibit will take you through the steps involved in bringing a historical collection to life.

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