How do I search for materials?


Begin a basic search by entering your search terms in the search bar. You may limit the search by searchable fields, record type, and date.

The searchable fields are:

  • Keyword: Searches the entire text of the finding aid.

  • Title: Searches titles of the materials described, including collection records and series and files within collections. If you know the title of the thing you’re looking for, searching by title can be very helpful.

  • Creator: Searches names of the persons, families, and organizations who created the collections.

  • Call Number: Searches by identifier, which is a unique number by which materials are tracked and requested.

  • Subject: Searches by subject headings assigned to materials by archivists and librarians, e.g. United States history.


Record types allow you to customize the type of records you want a search to return:

  • Limit to collections will only return records for collections, rather than people, subjects, series, and files.

You may select a date span to limit the search results chronologically. Searching by date is approximate, and results may fall outside the date span you enter.

You may construct a more complex search by selecting the + icon and adding additional search parameters.

  • Last Updated Aug 29, 2018
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  • Answered By Steven Wieda

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