Welcome to Archives Search, the descriptive database of the Archives and Special Collections. Here you can explore finding aids/descriptions of archival records that are accessible in our Reading Room, and you can also view digitized records and photographs online.
Please visit our Archival Research Guide to learn more about archival records, finding aids, and how to use them.
How to search and browse
To search, type a keyword or two into the search box at the top of the page and press enter. Search results can be narrowed by creator, subject, place, or level of description. For more search options (such as filtering by date range or type of record), click the search box and select "Advanced search >>." To browse, view this list of our collections and fonds or select the "Browse" drop-down menu beside the search box.
How to access records
Although some archival records have been digitized and are available online in Archives Search, most are only accessible by visiting the Archives and Special Collections in person. If no digital object is attached to a description of a file or item, it means that it hasn't been digitized and you will need to access the original in the Reading Room during open hours. We recommend contacting us in advance so that we can be prepared for your visit.
For Archives Search tips and tutorials, see the Archival Research Guide. If you have questions about using Archives Search or would like help with your research, please contact us. Visit the Archives and Special Collections' website for more information about our holdings and services.