In addition to searching the library catalog, you can also search the rare books and manuscripts collections directly from the SCRC website.
Once you arrive at the site, select Collections on the left-hand menu to be directed to the Collections Page, as shown to the right. From this page you can browse the SCRC collections by subject or by type of material, or you can access our search pages.
Subject Strengths: SCRC has a strong collection of related materials in a few specific subject areas, including Architecture and Industrial Design, Illustration and Printing History, and Pulp Literature and Science Fiction. Select an area from the list of subjects, as shown below, to find related materials in our collections.
Search by Type of Material: You can also search the collections four different types of material:
Click on the appropriate link for the type of material you would like to search, as shown below.
Printed Materials: Items such as rare books can be searched on the main Syracuse University Libraries website using the search bar powered by Summon or by using the Classic Catalog. To limit your search to items located in SCRC, select the "Advanced Search" tab and specify "E.S. Bird -- Special Collections" in the "Location" dropdown menu, as shown below. Contact the SCRC Reference Librarian if you need additional help locating one of our rare books.
Archival Materials: Items such as manuscript collections can be searched through the SCRC’s Finding Aids. There are multiple ways to both browse and search the manuscript collections at SCRC:
Click on the appropriate link for the method you would prefer to use, as shown below.
To begin browsing alphabetically by creator or collection title, select the appropriate option from the “Browsing” categories, as shown on the left. Once you have selected to browse by collection title or creator, you may further refine your search by selecting criteria from the scrolling menus on the left of the screen. These parameters include: dates, anmes, type of material, subject, and subject strengths. An example of these criteria is shown on the right. Finally, select the Finding Aid for the collection you wish to view.
To begin browsing by subject, select the appropriate option form the “Browsing Categories,” as shown above. Select a subject from the options listed at the top of the screen, as shown below, to see collections associated with those topics. Finally, select the Finding Aid for the collection you wish to view.
There are two methods available for searching the Finding Aids. You may either perform a Basic Search by keyword, or an Advanced Search by defined parameters. To beginning searching the Finding Aids, select “Search” from the access menu, as shown under "Archival Materials" above.
To perform a Basic Search by keyword simply enter the word or phrase in which you are interested. To search for Finding Aids containing a specific phrase, enclose that phrase in quotation marks, as shown below. The results page will display the Finding Aids for collections containing materials related to the keyword or phrase. You may further refine these results by selecting criteria from the scrolling menus on the left of the screen (see “Browsing Alphabetically by Creator or Collection Title,” above). Finally, select the Finding Aid for the collection you wish to view.
To perform an Advanced Search, select one or more parameters from the dropdown menus provided, as shown below. You can search by:
If using more than one search term, select “AND” to find collections with all terms; select “OR” to find collections with any one of the terms. Select “NOT” to exclude a term from your search. The results page will display the Finding Aids for collections matching your search parameters. As with a basic search, you can further refine these results by selecting criteria from the scrolling menus on the left of the screen (see “Browsing Alphabetically by Creator or Collection Title,” above). Finally, select the Finding Aid for the collection you wish to view.
More tips for defining your search parameters and formatting search terms for Advanced Searches can be found on the Search and Browse Page.
Belfer Audio Archive: When you select this option from the Collections menu on the SCRC website, you are taken to the Belfer's main website. From this site, you can learn about the audio collections, visitor policies, services, programs, and using the recording studio. You can also learn about Sound Beat, the daily 90 second radio show that highlights the Belfer collections of recorded sound. Finally, the website also gives you access to the Belfer Cylinders Digital Collection, a database of digitized Belfer recordings you can listen to on your computer.
The best way to search the collection of Belfer audio recordings is through the main and classic catalogs on the library website. While the Belfer Audio Archive is located in a separate building, Belfer collections must be viewed in the Special Collections Reading Room. You can request a listening copy of Belfer audio materials here.
Digital Special Collections: In addition to the Belfer Cylinders Digital Connection, there are eight other digitized special collections that can be accessed and searched through the SCRC website:
You can browse the Digital Special Collections or do an advanced search by collection title in the Syracuse University Digital Library database.
More digital collections from the Syracuse University Libraries can be found here.
You can see all of Syracuse University's digital collections by visiting the Syracuse University Digitized Collections website. Some of the collections here include Aerial Photographs of Syracuse, NY, 1926; the Arts Image Collection; and the Character Studies Theatre Interviews Archvies Collection.