Online Collection

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    View Records

  • Highlights

    The Highlights page contains a list of preselected searches featuring highlights of the Museum's collection. These lists are updated frequently by curatorial staff.
  • Browse Collections

    The Browse Collections page allows users to view all of the Museum's online records, sorted alphabetically by title. By clicking on the Date or Object Number headings at the top of the list, the records will re-sort according to those criteria.
  • Switch View

  • The Switch View buttons appear at the top of any list of records. Click one of the three icons to change the view from Single Record to List View to Light-Box View.
  • While in List View, the Title, Date and Object Number columns may be sorted in ascending or descending order by clicking the column title. An up or down arrow appears next to the column title to indicate by which column and in which order the records are currently sorted.
  • Object Record

  • In a record for a single object, many fields (Category, Type of Object, Date, Name, Credit Line, Media and Search Terms) are hyperlinked. Clicking on these links will yield search results of other records with the same information. For example, clicking on "Category: Photographs" in one record will yield search results for all the records online that are categorized as Photographs.
  • The tabs in the center of the page can be selected to show additional information such as Curator's Notes or Other Media. If there are no notes or other media associated with a particular record,those tabs will not be clickable.Clicking the image or the magnifying glass symbol at the bottom left corner of the image allows you to zoom in and see the image in greater detail.When viewing videos, clicking on the expand button in the bottom right corner of the video player will to enlarge the video’s size to fit your full computer screen.
  • Media Attachments

    Most object records will include at least one media attachment: an image, a .pdf or an audiovisual recording. Records with more than one media attachment will include small thumbnail images beneath the large main image. Clicking the thumbnails will enlarge them for closer viewing. Clicking the small magnifying glass at the bottom left of an image will "zoomify" the image – permitting the viewer to zoom in close and inspect tiny details. The magnifier will not work, however, on images that have been posted as thumbnails in order to protect copyrighted material. Records for published materials such as newspapers, magazines, sheet music and record albums will only include a thumbnail image for reference. The thumbnail image will not zoomify.
  • Social Media and Permalinks

    In the top right corner of all pages on the Museum's collections database is a small social media symbol (three dots joined together). Clicking on the social media symbol will open a menu of options, including the ability to share the page you are currently on via Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or email. At the bottom of that menu is the word "Permalink” – the permalink will give you a URL that you can copy and send to any user that will always lead them back to that page. Please use the permalink when trying to send or share URLs for specific objects with other users.


  • Quick Search

    The Quick Search dialog box appears on the left navigation bar and on the Search page. Entering a simple term such as a name or date and clicking "Search" will yield results drawn from all fields in the object records.You may enter more than one keyword at a time, but to conduct a complex search or to refine your results, please use the Advanced Search option.On the Search page, be sure to click the orange Search button that corresponds to your search. For example, if you are conducting a Quick Search (top of page), click the orange search button beneath Quick Search; if you are conducting an Advanced Search (bottom of page) click the orange Search button at the bottom of the page. Clicking the wrong button will return all online records, not the correct search results.
  • Advanced Search

    The Advanced Search section of the Search page allows you to search terms or values in specific fields. Multiple fields of the Advanced Search may be used at once, but will greatly reduce the number of search results. If you are not getting results, try reducing the number of fields searched.
    • Title - A free-text dialog box allows you to run a keyword search in the Title field of all online records.
    • Category - A drop-down menu allows you to search only records that fall into a particular category such as Photographs or Oral Histories. Only one category may be chosen at a time.
    • Type of Object - A drop-down menu allows you to search only records that represent a specific type of object such as Newspaper or Letter.
    • Date - There are two ways to search the Date field. You may enter a single date in the MM/DD/YYYY or YYYY format in the first dialog box or you may enter a date range using the drop-down menus in the Date Range field. If, for example you would like to search for all records relating to the month of November 1963, you would use the Date Range drop-down menus to select November 1963 to November 1963. This search will yield all records with dates that fall within that month.Entering an invalid Date Range will return an error message. For example, entering the Date Range December 1963 â€" November 1963 is invalid because the dates are out of chronological order.
    • Name - A free-text dialog box allows you to run a simple name search that will produce a list of records associated with a specific person.
    • Credit Line - A drop-down menu allows you to search for object records associated with a specific credit line. For example, selecting the Joe Hathaway Collection/The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will yield all records associated with the Joe Hathaway Collection.
    • Medium - A drop-down menu allows you to search for objects made of a particular material such as Paper or Film.
    • Search Term - A drop-down menu allows you to select a term from our glossary and search for records tagged with a particular term. You may click "+ Add another term" to add a second Search Term box to your search. You may search for up to 3 different search terms in any single search.
    • Description - A free-text dialog box allows you to do a keyword search on the Description field of all the records in our online database.
    • Curator's Notes - A free-text dialog box allows you to do a keyword search on the Curator's Notes field of all the records in our online database.
  • Additional Search Tips

    Using "quotation marks" around your keywords in the free-text dialog boxes will ensure that the search engine returns records with the exact spelling you include between the marks.Keyword searches in free-text dialog boxes are not case-sensitive.An asterisk * functions as a wild card when searching. If you enter the first part of a word or name, followed by *, you will receive all records that contain words with that prefix. For example, typing in the search term deal* will return all records that contain the words deal, deals, dealer or dealey. The wild card can only be used following or within a search term, not preceding it.Search Results are sorted in alphabetical order by object title, but can be sorted by either Title or Date. (See "Switch View" above.)

    My Collections

  • My Collections

    My Collections allows you to create and describe your own collections using materials from The Sixth Floor Museum's online database. Simply sign up for a My Collections account, browse the Museum's records, and select your favorites.Once you have created a profile, the My Collections page is your home page for navigating the collections you create. This is also where you can create new collections and view or edit existing collections. You can change your password or email address from this page by selecting the Manage Profile hyperlink.If you forget your password, just click on the Forgot Your Password? hyperlink on the My Collections sign in page. A box will prompt you to enter your email address and will send a new password to your email inbox.Collections shared by other users will appear in list view below your collections on the My Collections page. Collections created by other users can only be viewed on this page by users with a registered My Collections account.After signing in to My Collections you will always have the option to Sign Out - the hyperlink to do so appears under the My Collections link in the left navigation bar. After 30 minutes of inactivity your session will time out and you will be required to sign in again.While signed in to My Collections every object record you visit will include an Add this to My Collection + button beneath the image. Clicking this button will allow you to add this record to a new or existing collection. In List View or Light-Box View you may choose more than one record at a time to add to your collection by checking the tick boxes beside each record, or by choosing the Select All option at the top right of the page, then clicking Add to My Collections +.
  • Create New Collection

    When you choose to create a new collection, a dialog box will appear asking you to name the collection, add optional notes to describe it and to choose whether or not you would like to share the collection with other users.
  • View My Collection

    From the My Collections page you may click on the title or image of a collection created by yourself or another user to see those records in List View.
  • Edit My Collection

    From the My Collections page you may choose to edit a collection by clicking on the Edit hyperlink to the right of the collection titleThe top section of Edit My Collection allows you to view and edit the collection's title, description and or notes. You can also change the shared status of your collection in this section. Clicking the orange Save button will save any changes you make to this page.Each record in your collection will appear below in a table with 5 columns. You may add or edit your collection description, view or edit notes for each individual record, delete records, and select an image to serve as the primary image for your collection. Clicking the Save & Close button at the bottom of the page will save all changes you have made to the page and return you to your My Collections home page.
  • Tips For Researchers

    If you are a student or researcher and would like further access to The Sixth Floor Museum's Collections, please complete a Rights & Reproductions Request Form or schedule an on-site visit to our Reading Room.
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