Not sure where to start? Try our Random Images search on the navigation menu. It allows you to wander around the collections in no particular order. This is a fantastic way to discover many of our rarely seen treasures.
Looking for a simple search tool? Try our Keyword Search to look across various fields in hundreds of records. Use quotes around phrases to make your search more specific. Use the * to find things that begin with a string of text. Searching Rock* will return both Rocks and Rocky.
Digging for something even more specific? Try using Advanced Search to look for certain words within certain search categories. This type of search allows you to look specifically in Name fields for the family name Myrick without having to sift through all of the Black & White photographs, and postcards from Myrick Park.
The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. If you only want to search for Photos, click the Photos button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search.
Searches use OR to connect words (e.g. a search for Gideon Hixon will return records associated with Gideon OR Hixon). If you want to find records where both words are included, type AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, put the phrase in quotes (e.g. "Civil War"). You can also use the * as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.