One of the great things about the Folger’s new catalog is that you can jump straight to different subsets of material. One of the unfortunate things about it is that this feature isn’t obvious.
I’m talking about the links in the “Narrow by collection” box at catalog.folger.edu.
The checkboxes make it look like you need to un-check things to narrow your search. In fact, each of the headings is a link that takes you straight to that sub-set of collection items.
For example, if you’re only interested in manuscripts from the 17th century or earlier, click the “Pre-1701 manuscripts” link:
That takes you to a list of all pre-1701 manuscripts and a search box for looking only within that group of collection material:
By default, it shows newly-created records first (“latest first”) so it’s a quick way to see if anything new has appeared in the catalog. If you want to change the sort order or add additional sub-collections of material to your targeted search area, the “Options” button reveals more choices:
Remember to select “Vault” in the Item access facet to remove modern facsimiles, microfilm, and digital images of non-Folger material.
As always, if you have any questions about the catalog, please contact email@example.com and we’d be happy to assist.
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