NHPRC Update: CARDinal Makeover

Check it out — our public catalog, CARDinal, got a makeover!

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CARDinal’s homepage

This is the last step to completing our NHPRC-funded project to implement a new archives management system. Please visit CARDinal (and the updated CARDinal Reference Guide) and let us know what you think!

Contact archives@iastate.edu with any questions or comments.

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This project has been generously funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


NHPRC Update: Wrapping Up

With just over a month left, we’ve begun to plan for the end of our project. Most of our time is spent wrapping up the loose ends and testing the new interface, but we’ve also completed some tasks we’re excited to share:

Two hundred draft finding aids have been completed and entered into CARDinal. These include some really interesting materials that are now fully available to users, such as the World Food Institute records and the papers of Shirley Held, a professor of art and design at ISU.

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A selection of materials from the Shirley Held papers, RS 26/2/53.

We also had the opportunity to present some updates about the project at the Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting in Detroit, Michigan. Former Project Archivist Caitlin Moriarty and Lead Processing Archivist Rosalie Gartner participated in a panel about project management and working with student workers, and Digital Initiatives Archivist Laura Sullivan spoke about collaborating with other departments in the library and on campus to help us achieve our tasks.

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GM Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit, Michigan, where the Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting was held. Photo provided by Kahlee Leingang.

As the end of our project gets nearer, we encourage you to visit CARDinal and see what we’ve done. In the coming weeks, the site will be getting some appearance upgrades. If you have any problems, questions, or suggestions, contact Project Archivist Emily DuGranrut at emilyd1@iastate.edu.

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This project has been generously funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


CARDinal Scavenger Hunt Answers

Our CARDinal Scavenger Hunt has officially come to an end! Thank you to everyone who participated. We will be reaching out to the winner by email, so keep an eye on your inbox. We’ve received some great feedback and will use it to continue to make improvements to CARDinal!

Here are the answers:

1. RS 16/3/4/60 Box 1, Folder 1-2: Luella Naylor 4-H Scrapbook

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2. MS-0613 Box 1, Folder 2: Perry Albert Westrope penmanship scrapbook

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3. RS 8/6/168 Box 3, Folder 9: Report on Making of the World’s Largest Rice Krispies Treat

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4. RS 2/1 Box 1, Folder 16: Adonijah Strong Welch papers – Graduation Address to First Class, 1872

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5. RS 11/1/11 Map Case Drawer C409 D19, Folder 1: Blueprints for Marston Watertower

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As always, if you have any questions or comments about CARDinal, please contact NHPRC Project Archivist Emily DuGranrut at emilyd1@iastate.edu.

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This project has been generously funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


CARDinal Scavenger Hunt

Help us test our new archives catalog, and you could win a prize!

Be the first to find all the items below in CARDinal and you’ll win. More information about the prize will be coming soon!

Instructions:

  1. Go to CARDinal.
  2. Using the photos for each item, try to find the collection, box, and folder the items belong in.
  3. Send your answers here by March 1 at 12 p.m. to be eligible.
  4. The first person to correctly identify all the items wins the grand prize!

Items:

1. item1

2. item2b

3. item3a

4. item4

5. item5

 

Not sure how to get started? Here’s an example:

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Review the photo for clues. The handwriting is a little hard to read, but I can pick out:

Henry D. Dement, Secretary of State

State of Illinois

Master Brewers Association

“legally organized corporation”

Let’s start with a quick search for these terms.

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Henry D. Dement doesn’t bring up any results:

scav henry

State of Illinois brings up 288 results:

scav illinois

That’s a little more than we want to hunt through. Let’s see if we can narrow it down.

Master Brewers Association brings up one collection and two series:

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MS-0675 Master Brewers Association of the Americas records seems promising! Click “Display Finding Aid” to get some more info.

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Our last term, “legally organized corporation” usually points to a charter. let’s see if we can find one in this collection. Scroll down to the inventory:

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There it is! If you look back at the original picture, you can see the charter was signed in “the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty seven.” We found it!

The answer for this example would be: MS-0675 Master Brewers Association of the Americas records, Box 1, Folder 1

If you’re having trouble, check out our Quick Reference Guide for CARDinal, which gives some tips on searching. Any questions can be sent to NHPRC Project Archivist Emily DuGranrut at emilyd1@iastate.edu

Good luck and happy hunting!

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This project has been generously funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


NHPRC Update: Searching with Subjects in CARDinal

With the new year comes exciting updates to our public archives catalog, CARDinal—you can now search for collections by subject!

There are two ways to utilize this new feature. Click “Browse Subjects” on the left side of the screen to bring up a list of subjects you can browse or search:

Screenshot of the "Browse Subjects" page in CARDinal.

Screenshot of the “Browse Subjects” page in CARDinal.

You can also use the subject field in Advanced Search:

Screenshot of the "Advanced Search" in CARDinal.

Screenshot of the “Advanced Search” in CARDinal.

Let’s take a look at an example. If you’re looking for collections about agriculture, you could search “Agriculture” in the subject field of Advanced Search. This will bring up about 150 results.

Screenshot of subject search results in CARDinal.

Screenshot of subject search results in CARDinal.

If you’d like to see more specific options, click “Browse Subjects” and search “Agriculture”. This will update the list to show all the subjects that include agriculture. Perhaps you’re particularly interested in Agriculture and politics. Click the check box next to any of the subjects, then click “Display Collections”.

Screenshot of subject search results in CARDinal.

Screenshot of subject search results in CARDinal.

This will limit the results to only collections with those specific subjects.

Attaching subjects was one of our major objectives for the NHPRC project, so we’re happy to share this development. Some of the larger collections are still a work in progress, but we invite you to try the new functions. Check out the subject searching tools in CARDinal and let us know what you think! If you have any questions or comments, please contact NHPRC Project Archivist Emily DuGranrut at emilyd1@iastate.edu.

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This project has been generously funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


NHPRC Update: Searching with CARDinal

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog recently, you’ll know that we made our new archives catalog, CARDinal, available to the public November 1st. As we continue to add new information, I wanted to give you a preview of just how much easier it is to search our materials with CARDinal.

Let’s say you are interested in learning more about Adonijah Welch, first president of what would become Iowa State University. You can use quick search to bring up any records that contain his name within the finding aid:

A screenshot of the quick search function in CARDinal.

A screenshot of the Quick Search function in CARDinal.

Doing that will bring up these results:

Screenshot of quick search results in CARDinal.

A screenshot of Quick Search results in CARDinal.

You can also use the Advanced Search to get more specific. Let’s say you only want to find materials created by Adonijah Welch. Enter his name in the Creator field:

Screenshot of Advanced Search in CARDinal.

A screenshot of Advanced Search in CARDinal.

And you’ll get these results:

A screenshot of Advanced Search results in CARDinal.

A screenshot of Advanced Search results in CARDinal.

Advanced Search can even get more specific. Use the check boxes or “More Search Options” at the bottom of the page to further limit your results:

A screenshot of the further options for Advanced Search in CARDinal.

A screenshot of the further options for Advanced Search in CARDinal.

That’s just a small preview. You can also browse creators, search records from a specific time period, or only bring up records that include links to electronic resources. As we continue adding subjects and other access points, the search results will become more accurate and navigable. The possibilities are virtually endless!

For more tips on how to use CARDinal, check out our Quick Reference Guide.

Give CARDinal a try and let us know what you think. Contact NHPRC Project Archivist Emily DuGranrut at emilyd1@iastate.edu with any questions or comments.

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This project has been generously funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


NHPRC Update: CARDinal Soft Launch!

After more than a year of hard work, problem solving, and countless meetings and emails, our new archives management system is officially available to the public! Click here to visit the new public archives catalog, CARDinal.

Screenshot of landing page for SCUA's new public catalog.

The home page for SCUA’s new public catalog.

We’ve also been creating a user guide to help users understand the new system. It includes information about searching, as well as some tips and tricks for navigating the catalog.

As we’ve mentioned in previous updates, SKCA will make it much easier for users to access our collections in the public catalog, and for staff to manage the content. Though most of the finding aids have been entered, we’re still adding content and working out some kinks. Please visit our new site and see what you think! If you have any comments or questions, please email NHPRC Project Archivist Emily DuGranrut at emilyd1@iastate.edu

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This project has been generously funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).