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Welcome to our Online Collections Database!

Tips for Searching

Keyword Search

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 Hanley Ranch will return records associated with Hanley OR Ranch). 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. "Rocky Pine Ranch"). 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.

Advanced Search

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.

Random Images

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.

Catalog Searches (Archives / Photos / Libraries / Objects)

The Healdsburg Museum collections are divided into four catalogs: Photos, Archives, Objects and Library. The Objects and Library catalog records are not yet online. All of the Photograph records are online (about 19,000). About 6,000 Archive records are online which represent the Healdsburg Newspaper Index, 1860-1945. This is commonly referred to as our card catalog index and contains vital statistics, property transfers, business transactions, legal actions, even murders! These newspaper index cards will lead researchers to the source material. The upper right corner will identify the microfilmed newspaper (e.g. Healdsburg Tribune, Sotoyome Scimitar, Russian River Flag) and page and column number where the article will be found (e.g. 1:5 would be Page 1, column 5). You are welcome to come to the Museum or Healdsburg Library to view the microfilm. Soon the Healdsburg newspapers will be searchable online with the California newspaper scanning project. Within this HM&HS website the Photo and Archive records are searchable by name and subject. You can also browse records within a catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches 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.