The State Library of Massachusetts has a number of collections, each containing a wealth of information. Many of these collections are so big and complex that they require a separate guide or finding aid to describe them in more detail. These guides help researchers determine whether the collection contains information relevant to their research, which helps when planning a trip to the library.
The State Library creates finding aids for two types of complex collections: first, Legislators’ Papers; as the title suggests, these are the papers of Massachusetts legislators that have been given to the library upon each legislator’s retirement from the General Court. The library also creates finding aids for Manuscript Collections; these collections cover all sorts of topics as they relate to Massachusetts, such as education, artifacts, scrapbooks, etc.
To see what other collections or resources are available at the State Library, please check out our online catalog: https://state.cwmars.org/eg/opac/home.