Research tools

On-Line Fonds Listing

This is an alphabetical listing of all provenance headings (creator) with relevant accession numbers held in the University Archives including all private creators and university offices.  Fonds listing

On-Line Searchable Databases

Accessions Database

Our most comprehensive database, it contains accession level description for most University and private records. Some accession records also include a link to finding aids in PDF format.


This photo database contains item level descriptions with accompanying jpg images from selected photographs digitized from the Archives holdings. High quality digital copies can easily be ordered using the order form. Note that images on this database represent only about 1% of our total photographic holdings. Be sure to contact us if you are having trouble finding that perfect historical image!

Lansdale Database

This specialized database features the work of photographer Robert Lansdale who photographed many campus events from 1968 to 1975. It contains jpeg images displayed in their original series context. Like the Imagebank photographs, you can easily order high quality scans. Note there is much much more that we haven’t described yet. Contact the Special Media Archivist if you can’t find what you are looking for.

Reading Room Finding Aids


When you visit, we will be happy to give you an overview of various types of finding aids available in our reading room from card indexes and file lists to accession and fonds level inventories. There are also guides to some of our media records including oral histories, architectural drawings and maps, photographic images and sound and moving image records. While some of these are not up to date, they provide a good overview of the types of records found in these collections.

In–House Databases

We have several in-house searchable databases that can help in your research. These tools are available to reference staff only but are often searched on your behalf. They can be more specifically searched for university and private records, photographs, university serials and newspapers as well as film and video.