Parallel to the IMLS project, we also received a CLIR Hidden Collections grant to create finding guides for 189 of our most important personal and corporate special collections. The objective of this project was to improve both Museum and public access to these unique collections. Approximately 2,000 linear feet of records were examined, with detailed finding guides created, and made accessible to the public through various online platforms. The work started during this project continues, and we continue to process additional collections.
Researchers from commonly used websites, such as YouTube and Flickr.com, are now directed to the Museum’s webpage and our online catalog, AeroCat. They are able to search a comprehensive catalog listing, including the newly developed special collection finding guides. These finding guides are also listed in two free public cataloging programs to further raise awareness of the importance of our collection, the Online Archive of California (OAC) and the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC). This work began in February 2013 and was completed in February 2015.