University Archives Get a New Look (and Full-Text Searching)

-blog post by Laura Silva, Archives

The High Point University Archive is proud to introduce our new Digital Collections website. The site is hosted by OCLC’s ContentDM and presents new opportunities for hosting digital content and accessing our collections. We have been adding content throughout the summer and are very excited to present the new platform to our campus community!

The site has several features to enhance access to our historical collections:

Modern Design:

The site is much cleaner than our previous resources page, and includes responsive design to automatically resize for accessibility across devices.

Full-Text Searching:

Search the full text of items across collections to pull together information regarding a single subject, such as a campus building or High Point alumnus.

Increased Storage:

More space means we are able to host more content and higher resolution images. This allows patrons to access our resources from a distance and prevents wear from use of original archival materials.

Higher resolution allows us to make out Dr. Andrews’ expression in this class photo from 1923. Taken at Yadkin College.


Featured Collections

Yadkin College: Recently digitized material detailing the history of Yadkin College, the first institution of higher education in Davidson County and a precursor to High Point College.

Historical Videos: A personal favorite, this collection includes videos converted from 16mm film depicting High Point College students, faculty, and staff in the 1960s.

Coming Soon! Theatre Archives Project: This semester we are working to include digitized photographs, videos, and programs from HPU’s long-standing theatre department. We are very excited about the richness of materials in this collection and look forward to making them accessible for our students!


Searching Tips

  • Simple Search: Use the search box at the top right of the website to quickly search for a term across all fields and collections. This box searches for all terms you enter, regardless of order. For example, if you enter “May Day”, results will include items that contain “May” and “Day”, as well as items with the exact phrase “May Day”.
  • Advanced Search: This tool, found in the upper right-hand corner, will allow you to build a more complex search. You are able to search specific fields as well as narrow the search by collection or date range. You can include up to four search fields on this page. Here you can change the search to ‘Exact Phrase’ to include only results with your entire entry, “May Day”, and weed out items that include these words separately.
  • Viewing Your Results: Choose from the keywords on the left hand of the screen to make your results more specific, or click ‘Refine’ if you’re using a smaller screen. If you have narrowed your search too far, you can remove keywords you’ve used by clicking the X next to the search term at the top of the screen. Choose a thumbnail to view the object page.
  • Exploring the Object Page: Object pages may include one document, such as a single scrapbook, or several documents grouped together, like the Commencement Programs 1960s-70s. For single items with multiple pages, click the thumbnail on the right hand side to view that page. For items that include several documents, select the document you are interested in from the list on the right hand side, then click the enlarged image to scroll through the pages of the document you’ve selected. You can search the text of the object using the search bar at the top of the thumbnail list. If you have already used the main search bar, that term will be entered automatically.

Pages where your search term occurs will have a red bar at the edge of the thumbnail. –>


Clicking on the main image will take you to the first page of the document where your term occurs, and in most cases will highlight the term wherever it occurs within the document.

ContentDM includes robust searching options, and more tips are available here to help you explore our digital resources.

We are hopeful that students and staff will enjoy this updated platform, and we look forward to hearing what you think! Click here to begin exploring our digital collections.