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Can Baker Special Collections help me research my family history?
The Baker Special Collections Reference Staff are not experts in genealogical research, and due to the number of inquiries we receive and limited staff resources, Reference Staff are unable to review collections on behalf of researchers to identify material of interest.
Our business records collections have individual guides or finding aids that provide more detail about the contents of each collection. Collections can vary in size from one volume to hundreds of boxes and finding aids help identify which portion of a set of records are relevant to your research.
Collections not yet available in HOLLIS for Archival Discovery are cataloged in HOLLIS, the Harvard Library catalog, and may have inventories that can be sent electronically to researchers upon request. Once you start typing a word in the HOLLIS search box, you can limit to "Library Catalog" and Location "Baker Business." Search results can be further refined by material type (book, archives/manuscript), date, etc.
A list of specific resources in which you are interested is incredibly helpful when planning to use Special Collections material. Please Ask Us! or reach out to the Baker Special Collections Reference Staff directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions about our collections or services.
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