We’re thrilled to begin sharing the contents of our oral history collection! There is a wealth of interesting stories and memories within the oral history collection – each oral history transcript contains dozens of pages of memories about a variety of people and topics.
So, how can you navigate this sea of information to find what you’re interested in? By using the Digital Collections search engine. Here’s a tutorial that shows you how:
- Navigate to the Digital Collections page and select Advanced Search.
- In the collections field, enter Oral History Collection. Complete the keyword, subject or person field. You can complete as many fields as you need to in order to describe your search, but keep in mind that the more fields you complete, the narrower your search and the fewer your results. Let’s look for information about the rodeo within the oral histories.
- There is only one oral history that contains information about the rodeo, an oral history with Walt Seil. Within the catalog record you’ll find a multimedia link called “Transcript”. Follow this link to view the transcript.
- Once you’ve opened the transcript (which requires the Adobe Reader program), use your browser’s search function to find the word rodeo within the transcript.
- From this screen, you can also print out or save a copy of the transcript.