How to Use the Finding Aid Template

For guidance on how to develop a finding aid for a CFS collection using the provided template, please first consult the following file:


Regarding the selection of key words, please use the vocabulary used by the American Folklore Society Ethnographic Thesaurus (sponsored by the Library of Congress).


For additional help, please contact CFS at




The “Developing a Finding Aid" presentation was created and developed by CFS Graduate Research Associates Zahra Abedinezhad and Rhiar Kanouse in AU '23. It was first presented to graduate students in COMPSTD 8100 - Interdisciplinary Learning Lab co-taught by Dr. Katherine Borland and Dr. Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth in October 2023. The presentation was designed to teach a variety of audiences, including community partners, how to develop a finding aid for a collection that will be housed at the Center for Folklore Studies Archive at The Ohio State University.