The main search field is located at the top of the page. Enter a term into the field and click on ‘return’ or ‘enter’ to start the search.

The catalogue will look for elements in any description which meets the search term, e.g., ‘Fremantle’.  If you enter multiple terms, e.g., North Fremantle School, the default search will find everything with either North or Fremantle or School in the title or description (find any words). This is different from our previous catalogue search, which would find descriptions where all the words were included.

            If you click ‘return’ you will get the matching archival descriptions only.

If you know the series, agency or consignment/accession number you are looking for, enter the terms Sx, Ax, or consx (where x is the number).

To find out more on a particular organisation or person, click on the icon in the predictive search results, or use the Browse menu to go to Organisations and people and search there.

Handy tip: As you enter details in the search box, the system provides links to the top three hits in archival description or organisation matching your term. Click on the term in the dropdown to go to that item.

Use the menu on the left hand side to further filter your search:

·         Creator,

·         Name (creators, custodians and associated organisations and people),

·         Level of description (i.e. Series or item)

·         Media type 

Boolean Search

If you enter two or more words in the search bar, then the search will find any records which have either of those words in the title or description (an ‘any words’ search).

To find an item or series where both terms are present, use the Boolean connector AND,e.g., North AND Fremantle

To find an item or series and to exclude a term, use the connector NOT, e.g., North AND Fremantle NOT school

To find an item or series with alternative terms use OR, e.g. North OR South AND Fremantle

Wildcard search

You can search for parts of words or phrases using an asterix, e.g. exhibit* for exhibit, exhibits or exhibition, or part of a file number e.g.S8*.

Note that the * can be used at the start or end of a phrase, or to bracket a phrase.

Search by phrase

Where two words occur as a phrase, put the phrase in double quotation marks, e.g., “North Fremantle” or “1970/533”.

Search within series

 You can also refine your search by looking for a particular term in a series. This is particularly useful when looking for an item by title or name. 



Search results can be saved to the clipboard for later review or exported from the search as a comma separated values file (.csv). A message will pop up asking you to check the job management page.

Click on the link and save the result to your bookmarks for later checking. If you do not bookmark the link, you will not be able to check if the job is still running.