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Advanced Search

Use Advanced Search to narrow your search results by using various advanced search methods.

When searching by Description or Title, you can use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) and truncation (by adding an asterisk *). You can also use truncation in the Subject field.

Advanced Search provides advanced search methods in the following fields:

  • Collection: Enter a term for specific collection categories. This field searches for the exact word or phrase that you enter. We highly recommend selecting a term from the drop down list.
  • Object: Enter a term for the type of object in the collections (book, dress, hat, etc.). This field is particularly useful when searching for objects in the curatorial collections. This field searches for the exact word or phrase that you enter. We highly recommend selecting a term from the drop down list.
  • Description: Enter any term that describes what you are looking for. Searching by description is particularly useful when searching curatorial collections. HINT: for a more detailed search, use Boolean operators and truncation.
  • Date Made: Enter the publication date of books, journals and trade literature, or the creation date of curatorial objects. This field utilizes implied truncation. For example, entering the search term 191 returns records dated 1910, 1911, 1912, etc. You can refine your search further by using the Earliest Year and Latest Year fields.
  • Accession Number: Enter the specific number assigned by ATHM for all objects in the collections. This field searches for the exact number that you enter. An accession number appears in each record. When requesting information on an object in the collection, please reference this number.
  • Subject: Enter a term for the appropriate subject. For a list of subject headings, please use the Select a Term feature. This field searches for the exact word or phrase that you enter. We highly recommend selecting a term from the drop down list. Note that personal names are in reverse order.

Example: Abbott, Joshua

  • Title: Enter the tile of the object that you are looking for. This field is for library items only. You cannot search for objects in the curatorial collections by title. HINT: for a more detailed search, use Boolean operators and truncation.
  • Maker/Author: Enter the maker of the object or author of the publication. For a list of names, both corporate and individual, please use the Select a Term feature. This field searches for any of the search words entered. Note that individual names are in reverse order.

Example: Abbott, Joshua

  • Place Made: Enter the location of the publisher of printed material in the collections, or place of origin of a curatorial object. This field searches for the exact word or phrase that you enter. We highly recommend selecting a term from the drop down list.

To search for a curatorial object under Place Made, use a country designation first, followed by the two-letter state abbreviation, followed by the county (in some instances), and the city/town. Always enter a colon (:) after the country designation. Use commas to separate all other entry terms.

Example: USA: NH, Londonderry

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