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Wednesday, 31 January, 2024

We have upgraded to a new version of ArchiveSearch, our discovery platform for archive materials. 


Benefits of the new version include:

  • a new ‘View Digital Material’ button will appear in records for collections that have digital material available online. This will display a list of all the items in that collection that have digital copies available on Cambridge Digital Library or elsewhere online.
  • an improved ‘breadcrumb’ showing more clearly where a digital object is found within a collection
  • a new structure for the backend of the system, ArchiveSpace, which aims to further improve the reliability of ArchiveSearch.

Cambridge University Library launched ArchiveSearch to connect students, researchers and local historians, to archives available at Cambridge University Library and across the city.

ArchiveSearch is run by Cambridge University Library and supports 30 different partners from university departments, faculties, museums, and colleges who opted to join the project. Many archives are not yet available digitally, and the platform means researchers can easily find information to book appointments to view them.

The university is well-served for its history and examining its interactions with the wider world, from the Ely Assizes records documenting misdemeanours in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, to the Covid-19 collection chronicling the highs and lows of the present day.

ArchiveSearch can be found here and is always linked from the Library’s homepage (right-hand panel, under ‘Search & Find’).

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