||Those of us who work with records every day know what a rich
source of information they are. We also know how difficult and time-consuming
extracting that information can be. The About CWRU section of the Archives
web site is intended to make it a little bit easier to find and use that
||The reference archivists conduct research using University
records and publications held by the Archives. Most of that research is
for individual users. To supplement this individualized service, we have
begun researching topics of interest to many users. The results of that
research are published here.
||In selecting the first topics, we have relied
on patterns of requests made by our users over the last 15 years. We have
many more topics waiting for our time and attention, and we welcome suggestions
for others that you would find useful.
||We focus on factual information, not interpretation. We try
to cover a topic broadly and completely, but we know there are gaps and
discrepancies. We do not claim a monopoly on The Truth. The only sources
that we use are University records and publications held by the Archives.
Our goal is to make the information in the Archives more readily accessible,
not to write definitive histories. We select the most relevant and reliable
sources, try to reconcile discrepancies, and cite those sources so you can
judge whether to rely on the information they contain.
||Availability of trustworthy information about CWRU in 5 years
or 100 years depends on the records that CWRU employees create and transfer
to the Archives today. We hope to help busy staff manage University records
by providing guidance on organizing, storing, and disposing of records.
If you have particular recordkeeping issues you would like us to address,
let us know.
|About the Archives
||The Archives provides a range of services. We
hope these explanations of what we can and cannot do will make it easier
for you to use our services.
|What Is Not Here
||Digital copies of over 25,000,000 pages in the
Finding Aids to the collection. However, in 2010 a pilot project was conducted to explore the use of the OhioLINK FACTORy tool to encode archival finding aids. An initial test set of series-level finding aids is available online in the OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository.