A finding aid is a tool created by records professionals to give information about the contents of archival collections. Finding aids provide detailed inventories to help researchers locate relevant materials.
The Physics History Finding Aids Website (PHFAWS) was implemented in 1999 with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It currently has finding aids from almost 200 insitutions worldwide, and we add more regularly. All the finding aids are cross-indexed, which means that researchers can find all related resources for each individual physicist at the particular institution.