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Welcome to our Online Collections Database!

The Valdez Museum’s collection is impressive for a museum of its size, consisting of approximately 75,000 objects, photographs, newspapers, manuscripts and other items. Browse our collection database of about 25,000 items in the collection. This service is a great tool for anyone doing historic research, photo orders, or simply an interest in Valdez’s rich history. The database is searchable by key words, biographical connections, and item category, or you can simply browse through randomly-selected records. Although the database does not represent the entirety of the museum collection, the database will be updated regularly as the museum’s ongoing cataloguing project continues. Contact curator@valdezmuseum.org for inquiries related to Valdez Museum collections.

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

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

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)

Catalog Searches (Archives / Photos / Libraries / Objects)

The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. If you only want to search for Photos, click the Photos 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.