The catalog currently contains information about manuscript collections, books, pamphlets, periodicals, newspapers, institutions, associations, parish history materials, and graphic materials. A few of the manuscript collection records have links to full finding aids.
Please note that our Photograph collection is currently not available online. If there is something that you would like to have researched, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 215 904-8149.
The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Catholic Church will return records associated with Catholic OR Church). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "St. Patrick"). However, it is worth noting that spelling must be correct and putting the phrase St. Patrick in quotes would exclude other versions, such as Saint Patrick. You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.
The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. For example, searching White in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the White family, without having to sift through black & white photographs. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.
The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.
The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. If you only want to search for Objects, click the Objects button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.