navigating collections

Performing a Search

Almost every page has a prominent search bar you can use to search across this repository. All other pages will have a useful eyeglass at the top right. Clicking that icon will reveal a search bar that allows you to perform a query on all of the items in the repository, regardless of what page you are on. Going to an individual park page or collection page and using the page’s search bar will perform a search on just the items within that park or collection.

To search by file name/image number, type in “filename:” without quotes, and then the number; e.g. filename:ua100_000387

Refining a Search

Performing a search takes the user to a new screen with a toolbar on the left for narrowing your search results. Ways of narrowing a search include: by collection, park, date, state, country, city, type of photograph or document, and even subject terms similar to keywords. By simply browsing through the multiple facets, one can check the box next to any number of terms and then click the update button located at the top or bottom of the toolbar.

Viewing an Item

The item page has two main elements: the image viewer and the record for that item. In order to interact with the image viewer, simply click on the image once and then you will be able to zoom in and out using a mouse scroll wheel or the easy to use controls in the bottom right of the viewer. You can even download a high-res JPEG of the image using the Download File button in the image viewer toolbar. To view the details about that item, or metadata, just scroll down the page or click See Full Record in the image viewer title bar to learn more.

Using the Map

There are multiple ways to get to the map. You can click explore and map, or scroll to the bottom of the page on a collection or institution page to see items within those collections on a map. Just like interacting with an image for the first time, simply click once anywhere on the map and you will be able to zoom in and out and see where items are located. By going to the map from the explore menu, you can perform a search of all the items in the repository. To do this, either type in the term you wish to search on and hit Enter on the keyboard or click Search. Or you can click the Bounding Box button to select an area of the map by dragging your mouse across it and then clicking Search. By default, the map will only show the first 200 results, but you can expand your search to 500 or even everything. Attempting to view ALL possible results could slow down the browser, as it has to load each of those items; it may take some time.

Citing an Item/Image

For researchers (or the general public) needing to work with Special Collections and Archives to properly cite an item for their work or get more information about it, we’ve included a section on each image’s page labeled ‘Identifiers’. The first one, ‘Digital Identifier’, refers to the image’s file name on our system. Simply send a list of digital identifiers to Special Collections and Archives so that they can easily track down the information you are interested in.

The other identifier is the persistent URL, or PURL. Sharing, saving, or bookmarking the image can be done with this link. We want to make sure that regardless of our website changes, you can always access the image for years to come. Most images can be downloaded for viewing offline, but they are only JPEGs and not the highest quality image. Please contact Clemson University Special Collections and Archives by phone at 864.656.3031 or via email at  for a higher resolution image.

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