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Using Williams WorldCat

Libraries submit records for archival documents and collections to Williams WorldCat. After searching look for these formats in your results:

  • archival materials
  • downloadable archival material
  • internet resource

Limiting to these formats may bring up a freely available digitized document, an online collection guide, or a link to a subscription database. For subscription databases, Williams must have a subscription for you to access the materials.


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Selected Digitized Archival Materials

Libraries, historical societies, and database vendors are digitizing archival materials to make them more accessible. Below are just a few such projects.