The McDaniel College Archives Catalog, hosted by ArchivesSpace, is an online display of descriptive information about the archival collections owned by the College. Like a library's online catalog of books, it is a finding tool that can help researchers locate archival materials of interest to them before visiting the Archives in-person. In most cases, the catalog does not provide immediate access to those materials.
Using the Archives Catalog, you can:
A collection record is the descriptive entry for an archival collection. Collections are groups of related materials usually from the same creator.
The type of information in each record varies from collection to collection. In general, you can find:
To search the Archives Catalog, enter the topic you want to explore in the search box on the catalog's home page. To start a new search, click the magnifying glass in the top bar.
You can limit your results by:
Not sure what you want to look for? Browsing provides a list of all available records for individual review. Different ways of browsing are listed in the top bar on the homepage. In the Archives Catalog, you can browse through collections, digital materials, subjects, or names.
Subject browsing can identify collections that have substantial information about a particular topic. It also allows researchers to find collections about the same topic, but which may refer to it in different ways (i.e. The Revolutionary War vs. the American Revolution). Where possible, subject forms follow Library of Congress standards.
Browsing by names can help you identify people, families, and organizations referenced in archival collections. College departments and offices fall under this field.
Name and subject tags related to the College use both McDaniel College and Western Maryland College as a heading, depending on when the collection was created. Prior to 2002, Western Maryland College is used as the primary tag. Post-2002 tags use McDaniel College. Collections that span the name change will include both headings.
A collection record provides descriptive information about the contents of the collection and its ownership history.
At the top-level, the main components of a record are:
You can explore a collection in several ways:
Digital object records describe the electronic records in a collection. They contain much of the same information as collection records, including description, subject and name tags, and dates. When available, digital object records will include a link to view a record online.
The College Archives' most popular digital collections (yearbooks, student newspapers, alumni news magazines) can also be viewed online on the Digital Collections page on the website.