SCPL Local History Collection

The Local History Collection is actually a group of several smaller collections arranged by type of material. For example, there are collections for photographs, postcards, maps, and newspaper articles.

Regardless of what kind of material you are looking for, a basic search will retrieve items from every collection. If you want to limit your search to just newspaper articles, for instance, use the Advanced Search option. With Advanced Search you can select a single collection.

How to Search

The simplest way to search is using the search bar in the upper right corner of the window.  To search everything in the entire database, type your keywords and either hit Enter on the keyboard or click the Search (magnifying glass) button.

For options to refine your basic search, click on the ellipses (…) button next to the Search button.  The first set of options allows you to select a query type:

  • Keyword, or general search
  • Boolean, with which you can add Boolean operators like AND and NOT
  • Exact match, which will only find exact matches to the word or phrase you enter

The second set of options is a series of checkboxes for content to include in the search.  These include:

  • Item
  • File
  • Collection
  • Simple Page

For the Advanced Search option, click on the ellipses (…) button next to the Search button, and then click the link to Advanced Search (Items only).  The Search Items page will load. It presents a variety of search options; you do not need to complete all fields, only as many as you want.  For example, if you want to limit your results to a single collection, use the Search by Collection option to select a collection from the dropdown menu.