Talk:Ida Smoot Dusenberry

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External link to archival collection[edit]

Links to finding aids in archival collections of works by or relating to the subject of an article provide substantial information for a reader seeking further information. See, for example, the links in the Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz articles to the archival collections of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale; the link to John Muir's correspondence at the Bancroft Library; the links to several finding aids to archival sources in the Orson Welles article. (talk) 21:40, 1 June 2017 (UTC)

@ WP:EL does not mention linking to finding aids, though this does not appear to be even that. It is the description of the contents of a box in the library's archives, which sounds a lot like a summary-only description. Magnolia677 (talk) 22:01, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
You're right; WP:EL does not mention linking to finding aids, either pro or con. But like books and articles listed in Further reading sections, archival collections provide substantial and scholarly resources for readers who wish to pursue the subject matter further. This particular finding aid is not as descriptive as some of the examples I've linked above, but it is a finding aid nevertheless. I'd advocate linking only to finding aids for major collections of documents relating to the subject of an article. I've sometimes seen links to a single letter or manuscript of a person; I'm not sure that's worthwhile. But a link to a major body of work by or about a person is. Since Ida Smoot Dusenberry was a Mormon pioneer, I'm assuming that the BYU collections are the major repository for documents about her, and the link is therefore worthwhile. (talk) 22:15, 1 June 2017 (UTC)