Searching the Doris Ulmann collection
The images are numbered as they appear in the proof albums. The numbering system is collection number-album number-image number.
Titles have been created based on the album annotations, augmented by descriptions and research. Places are assigned from the album annotations and extrapolation from related images. Names have been established from the album annotations and research. Series have been established to facilitate searching of related subjects. Please note that some images have no series assigned while others have multiple series.
Notes are transcriptions of album annotations made with rubber stamps, the precise meaning of which is not always clear. "J.C.C.F.S." stands for the John C. Campbell Folk School near Brasstown, North Carolina.... "Berea" presumably indicates an image printed for the Berea College collection. "Jack's Diary" is a reference to John Jacob Niles' diary, which is housed at the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music at the University of Kentucky.
Left: "Hipps child," boy perched on rail fence. Asheville, North Carolina. Series: Rural Portraits. PH038-02-0130.
The fastest searches are predefined in the drop-down boxes on the front page of the collection.
Keyword searching allows you to search more specifically than by predetermined searches, and searches the database using the Boolean operators ‘and' and ‘or'. The use of distinctive terms is recommended wherever possible. Truncation, using an asterisk (*), can be used to improve keyword searching: a search on craft* will search craft, crafts, craftsmen, and craftswomen. The asterisk may only be used at the end of a word.
Left: Hands and tools of Ethel May Stiles, quilter. Ringgold, Georgia. Series: Craftswomen. PH038-01-0045.
Advanced Search allows you to search in individual fields, across all fields, or to browse the terms within a given field using a drop-down box. This search method also gives you the option of searching across multiple databases, by choosing the ‘Change Selected Collections' box.
Keyword and Advanced Search results are displayed as a series of thumbnail images that you may browse through, both forward and backward. To view a larger image and the corresponding full description, click on the thumbnail image. Advanced search also allows you to start a new search by clicking the ‘Clear Fields' box.
Points to keep in mind when searching in this version of Content: Content does not allow you to search for date ranges (e.g., 1900-1910), but you can search on a single date within the desired range in the Date field. Content will assume that a string of search terms are linked by ‘and', so you may enter terms in any order. For example, entering ‘niles dulcimer hands' will only retrieve records that contain all three of those words. While the ‘Title' field will usually include significant keywords, searching the ‘Subject' and ‘Notes' field is also very helpful. Another strategy is to search across all fields in the Advanced Search. If you don't find what you're looking for searching a single field, try searching across all fields. Also, while titles may contain abbreviations (such as ‘st.' for ‘street'), subjects spell words out, so bear this in mind while entering search terms. Searching across all fields will find the item, whether you use an abbreviation or not. To view all items in a collection, enter ‘collection' in the Collection field.
The Ulmann collection has benefited from the expertise of many people over the years, including curators David Featherstone, John Hawk, and James D. Fox. Christine Sundt is a treasured colleague. Will Harmon oversaw most of the digital production of this collection. We also appreciate the generosity of scholars such as Jane S. Peters of the University of Kentucky. Please contact us if you can assist with identification of sitters or correction of errors.
Right: Mrs. William J. Hutchins, wife of Berea College president, looking at Ulmann photographs. Berea College, Berea, Kentucky. Series: Berea College. PH038-02-0165.