Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) is pleased to announce the launch of our new Archives Database, an online resource for searching our collections.
Available descriptive records can be browsed by thematic area, academic disciplines or via keyword search (basic and advanced options are available), and the hierarchical nature of those descriptions can be viewed using the navigation tree at the top of each fonds or collection page. The Archives Database runs on AtoM, a popular archival descriptive platform used by archives across the country.
The Archives Database provides web-based access to descriptive records that were previously only accessible via PDF finding aids or through mediated assistance from SC&A staff. A long-term work-in-progress, record clean up, (re)description and the introduction of new descriptive records are on-going as SC&A transitions to using the site as its primary descriptive database.
Don't know where to start? Try checking out some of the new archives open for research this Fall.
The Archives Database project was made possible through the ongoing partnership between SC&A staff, and the Library Digital Initiatives and Cataloguing departments.
Tell us what you think
We would love to hear from you about your overall experience using the Archives Database. Although the changes that can be made to the design and functionality of the site are limited, we know there is room for improvement and we know that you may be able to assist with the improvement of biographical sketches or collection descriptions – please let us know one way or another.