Finding Aids

A finding aid is a document containing detailed information about a specific collection of papers or records within an archive. Finding aids are used by researchers to determine whether information within a collection is relevant to their research. The finding aid for a collection is usually compiled by an archivist during archival processing.

The content of a finding aid may differ depending on the type of material it is describing. Usually, a finding aid includes a description of the scope of the collection, biographical and historical information related to the collection, and restrictions on use of or access to the materials. At the McKay Archives we include a detailed inventory that list contents. They may also include subject headings drawn from LCSH, AAT, or other controlled vocabulary.

Use the finding aid to help you determine if the collection meets your research needs. You will request materials from collections by specifying the box and folders you would like to view.

Check back as more finding aids are added, or contact the archivist with questions about other collections the archives holds.

Henry Green Barnett Papers  Photo: Finding aid Barnett was a faculty member of the English Department at Florida Southern.
Charles E. Canady Papers  Canady served as Lawton Chiles' Chief of Staff in Washington D.C. from 1970 to 1989 and for a further two years for Andy Ireland. 
Gary L. Conner Newspaper Columns, 1958-1961  Conner was a FSC student campus correspondent for the Lakeland Ledger during the years of 1958-1961.
L. Harold DeWolf Papers  L. Harold DeWolf (1905-1986) was a Methodist minister, college professor, and theologian.  He was the dissertation advisor for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and served as the Distinguished Theologian in Residence at Florida Southern College.
James T. Griffiths Papers  Griffiths founded the Citrus Growers Association and served in a variety of capacities in the Florida citrus industry.
James A. Haley Papers  Photo: Finding aid James Andrew Haley (January 4, 1899 – August 6, 1981) was a U.S. Representative from Florida.
Andrew P. Ireland Papers  Andrew P. "Andy" Ireland was a U.S. Representative from Florida.  
Macasphalt Records, A. P. "Pat" Bolton  Photo: Finding aid The records of the Florida based paving company.
Polk Progress  Photo: Finding aid Polk Progress, authored by Dr. Carl C. Brown a former faculty member at Florida Southern, offers a detailed examination of the economy of Polk County, Florida and environs from 1983 through 2013.
The Southern  Photo: Finding aid Florida Southern College's Student Newspaper Collection