Simpler, Speedier Sleuthing: HMD Debuts New Search Software

Thanks to new search software, users of the History of Medicine Division’s Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program can now browse over 190 existing EAD (encoded archival descriptions) collection guides. Plans call for adding 300 more EADs, many of which have never been described beyond their catalog records.

The new search and delivery platform is based on the University of Michigan’s DLXS software, and permits users to perform Basic and Advanced Boolean searches limited by:

  • Entire Finding Aid Content
  • Container List only
  • Names
  • Places
  • Subjects
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Any Scope and Content Note

These search features are available across both the entire set of finding aids and within each individual guide. Additional features include a save-to-bookbag option with an email function. It should be noted that some of these features are dependent on the session cache, which by federal government privacy rules are emptied once a user exits the application.

For more information on the History of Medicine Finding Aids, contact John P. Rees, Curator, Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program.