Browse

1. BROWSING

It is possible to browse archival descriptions, authority records (persons and organizations), repositories (archival institutions), places, subjects, and digital objects in the Shared Catalogue.

To browse by category, use the Browse menu to the left-hand side of the search box or consult the Browse by menu to the left side of the screen. Both menus allow you to browse by category.

Archival descriptions Archival descriptions can be browsed at all levels in the Shared Catalogue. By selecting Archival descriptions in the Browse or Browse by menus, you will be provided a list of all top-level archival descriptions (i.e. fonds, collection). To expand your search and browse descriptions of all levels (i.e. fonds, series, subseries, file, item), select All descriptions under the Level of Description heading. If you are interested in searching a single level of description, you may then filter your results by selecting the desired level from the list under the Level of Description heading.
browse archival descriptions
Persons and organizations Persons, families, and organizations (corporate bodies) are individually described entities in the Shared Catalogue. A list of all entities described in the Shared Catalogue will be retrieved if Persons and organizations is selected in the Browse or Browse by menus. Results can be narrowed by language and entity type (i.e. persons, families, and corporate bodies) by using the filters located on the left-hand side of the screen.
browse people and organizations
Repositories (archival institutions) The Shared Catalogue contains descriptions of the holdings of both the Records Management and Archives Department and the Libraries Special Collections. To browse the holdings of a single repository, click Repositories in the Browse or Browse by menus and select the name of the desired repository. Once selected, a list of associated archival holdings will appear under Holdings on the left-hand side of the screen.
browse repositories
Subjects Top-level archival descriptions (i.e. fonds, collections) are also indexed by subject. To display a controlled list of subjects, select Subjects from the Browse or Browse by menus. By selecting a subject term, you will be provided a list of all archival descriptions to which that term has been applied.
browse subjects
Places Top-level archival descriptions are also indexed by place. Select Places in the Browse or Browse by menus to generate a list of geographic areas to which the records relate. Select a place name to display a list of all the archival descriptions related to that geographical area.
browse places
Digital objects The Shared Catalogue is used to describe individual items, some of which have attached digital objects (e.g. scans, MP3s). Select Digital objects from the Browse or Browse by menus to display all available digital objects.
browse digital objects