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Using Williams WorldCat

In addition to books and other materials, libraries also submit records and holdings information for archival documents and collections to Williams WorldCat. After doing a search in Williams WorldCat look for these formats:

  • 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.

Example:

Maryland and Slavery (search includes all formats, look at list to see variety)

 

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.