JK - Political institutions and public administration - United States
JS - Local government
JZ - International relations
K - Law
KF - Law of the United States
Finding Special Collections Material
Published items held in Special Collections, such as books, journals, pamphlets, and broadsides, are searchable in DELCAT. It is possible to limit your search to ONLY materials held in Special Collections by selecting the box next to "Special Collections" under the "Library" tab on the sidebar. Material from Special Collections will display the location information as "Special Collections Non-Circulating."
For additional information on how to search Special Collections in DELCAT, such as how to limit or sort by date, please refer to the Using DELCAT Discovery guide.
Manuscripts and archives
Special Collections' manuscript and archival collections contain a wide range of materials, such as personal papers, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, drafts, photographs, business records, reports, ephemera, audio, video, and born-digital content. The guides to these collections are called finding aids and they can be browsed and searched here: https://library.udel.edu/special/findaids/search Not all finding aids or collection descriptions are online, so please contact Special Collections if you need help with your search.
A finding aid serves as a guide to understanding an archival or manuscript collection and helps researchers find material in the collection. This handout describes the various parts of the University of Delaware's Special Collections finding aids.
Every archival collection in Special Collections at the University of Delaware has been assigned a specific collection call number, which identifies the collection category and the type of material found within. This handout explains how this information may help shape research strategies.
For printed material in the catalog (e.g. books, pamphlets), you can search by creator using the prefix "au:" before your search term or conduct a subject search using the prefix "su:" before your search term. Remember to limit your search to "Special Collections."
You can also use Library of Congress subject terms to search the finding aids. Our finding aids also allow for plain language keyword searching like Google. Note, however, that plain language searching will return any finding aid containing the exact search term you use (no synonyms). You can also limit search results by date range, name, location and format using the filters on the side of the page.
A note on historic search/subject terms: Words and phrases to describe people, places and issues have changed over time (e.g. "greenhouse gasses" to "global warming" to "climate change"). Use historical language to develop synonyms to your search terms to find a wider array of sources. Contact Special Collections if you need assistance in identifying appropriate keywords for your research.
Sample keyword/subject terms:
Delaware–Politics and government
Delaware-Politics and government-1865-1950
Delaware-Politics and government-1951-
Politics and government
United States–Politics and government
United States–Politics and government–20th century
United States–Politics and government–21st century
United States. Congress. Senate
United States. Congress. House
United States. Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972
United States. Coastal Zone Management Improvement Act of 1980
United States. Clean Air Act
United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary