Archives & Special Collections database now online

The Archives & Special Collections staff are pleased to announce the ASC collections database is now online and publicly searchable. Anyone can look up key information about collections before visiting the reading rooms, or browse digital images online. Try it out today!

From our homepage, the “search database” picture takes you to a basic keyword search page (pictured above). Here you can look for information about entire collections or individual items. Use the “*” as a wildcard to shorten words, or use boolean search terms like “and”, “not”, and “or” to limit the records searched. If you don’t return any results, please feel free to ask one of the ASC staff members for help. We are still working on putting all of our records online so there may be some records that are more easily retrieved in person.

If your search is successful, the search results will be sorted to help you choose between the different types of records in our collections, and there are examples on the search results page if you need a little clarification.

Advanced search options are useful if you’re looking for something specific like a digital image, or a person who may have donated records. Again the search options are sorted: you can choose to search within whole collections, look only for individual files and items, or find person records. All of these records are linked together so you can start anywhere and wind up in another kind of record entirely.

Is this search helpful and easy-to-use? Have a comment or a question you’d like to share? Feel free to post here or send an email to specialcollections@ryerson.ca.

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