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Quick Search

Enter your search word(s) in the box at the top right hand corner of the page. Quick Search searches across Title and Description fields in the catalogue. Where more than one word is entered in the search box, only records containing all the search words entered will be found, but these words may not be next to each other. To search for an exact phrase, enclose your search phrase with double quotation marks.

Advanced Search

To refine your search, click on Advance Search , and then select Catalogue There are several choices:

Any Text searches across all the catalogue fields: to search an exact phrase, enclose your search phrase with double quotation marks.

Ref No can be used if you know the exact reference number of the collection or items you are looking for. (All our references begin with GB 0809, which is the unique number for LSHTM Archives.) You must include correct spaces and / symbols when using this type of search.

Title narrows the search by only searching Title field.

You can refine your "Any Text" or "Title" searches further by selecting Refine Search Criteria.

  • Search for records containing all the words you enter
  • Search for records containg at least one of the words you enter
  • Search for records excluding the word(s) you enter


You could choose to search just using a date or a date range, or you can refine a search by adding a date or date range (eg. 1915; 1915-1920; 20th century)


This search field specifically offers a picklist of the levels of catalogue description. Use this search if you want to only search one particular level (eg Collection level).

Persons /Places

Instead of "Catalogue", You can choose to search on either "Person" or "Place". This will search a separate database and provide basic information on particular individuals or places who are named in our archive catalogue.


Your results are produced as four columns: Ref No, Title, Level and Date. To see more details of any result, simply click anywhere in the entry. If you click on the underlined Reference number, this will take you to the online browser where you can see the Catalogue "tree" which gives you more entries within your chosen collection.

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