December 13, 2017

Finding Resources: Exploring & Searching Individual American Memory Collections


Each American Memory collection provides unique resources and options for searching and browsing the primary source collection items. These options can help you find primary source items more efficiently. The collection shown above presents digital scans of both Adams’s 242 original negatives and his 209 photographic prints. When he offered the collection to the Library in 1965, Adams wrote, “The purpose of my work was to show how these people, suffering under a great injustice, and loss of property, businesses and professions, had overcome the sense of defeat and dispair [sic] by building for themselves a vital community in an arid (but magnificent) environment…All in all, I think this Manzanar Collection is an important historical document, and I trust it can be put to good use.” Each American Memory collection provides a number of resources in addition to the primary source collections.

Ansel Adams Japanese-American Internment: Additional Collection Resources

  • Collection Highlights Gallery grouped by theme: Daily Life, Portraits, Agricultural Life, Sports and Leisure Activities
  • Ansel Adams Manzanar Timeline: 1902-2007
  • Born Free and Equal, by Ansel Adams (text and selected photographs)
  • Collection Connections: Teaching ideas divided into three categories: History, Critical Thinking, Arts & Humanities (note: collection connections are available for approximately half of all American Memory collections)

Browse/Search Example: Daniel A.P. Murray Pamphlet Collection

The Daniel A.P. Murray Pamphlet collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900. Among the authors represented are Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Benjamin W. Arnett, Alexander Crummel, and Emanuel Love.

Finding Example: find sources related to Frederick Douglass

  • Browse by Subject
  • Browse by Author
  • Search by Keywords: Descriptive Information
  • Search by Keywords: Full Text

Key Search Results: Frederick Douglass

  • When browsing by subject we get 3 results, all of which are exclusively about Frederick Douglass.
  • When browsing by author we get 7 results, all of which were written by Frederick Douglass.
  • When searching by keywords – descriptive information – we get 13 results, all of which contain the words Frederick Douglass in the bibliographic record.
  • When searching by keywords – full text – we get 100 results, 71 of which contain the exact phrase “Frederick Douglass”, 4 of which contain “Frederick” and “Douglass” but not near each other, and 25 of which contain one or more of the words “Frederick” and “Douglass”.

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