Searching the Collection: Searching by Subjects
The Appalachian State University Historical Photograph Collection includes four distinct subject fields for searching. They can be searched specifically through the Advanced Search Option’s Selected Field search. These include a general Subject field, a Corporate Names field, a Personal Names field, and a Place Names field. Each of these fields uses a controlled vocabulary of terms to limit the number of terms in the database and increase the chances all images with a given subject will be retrieved by a single search term.
Subject:The subject field uses a combination of terms from the Getty Thesauri, Library of Congress Subject Headings, SAA College and University Thesauri, and local terms. Terms in this field can be browsed in the Show Terms box, available off the Selected Fields search page under Advanced Search Options.
Corporate Names:Corporate Names are used when the subjects represented included corporate bodies, such as organizations, political entities, cities or counties, departments, governments, etc. They are guided by the Library of Congress Subject Headings authority files when a term is available. Common examples would be the previous names for Appalachian State University, including Appalachian Training School and Appalachian State Normal School, and Boone (N.C.). Terms in this field can be browsed in the Show Terms box, available off the Selected Fields search page under Advanced Search Options.
Personal Names:Personal Names included the fullest possible known name of the individual and their birth and death dates when known. Searching for “Dougherty” in this field will exclude any instance of B. B. Dougherty Administration Building or the D. D. Dougherty Library, and will retrieve images of any member of the Dougherty family in the database. Terms in this field can be browsed in the Show Terms box, available off the Selected Fields search page under Advanced Search Options.
Place Names:Place Names are used for physical geographical entities, primarily buildings. Since many buildings have changed names over time, an attempt has been made to reference each the building by each of the different names, unless the building’s previous title was not an official name (ex., Broome-Kirk Gymnasium was originally known as the “new gymnasium,” and Coltrane Hall was known as “Residence Hall ‘B’”). Exceptions include the two Faculty Apartments buildings, later named North or Workman Hall and Coffey Hall, since both existed simply as “Faculty Apartments” for years. They are distinguised by their completion dates and are both also referenced by their later names. Terms in this field can be browsed in the Show Terms box, available off the Selected Fields search page under Advanced Search Options.
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