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Using "Explore Archive" in the Texas Digital Archive (TDA)

With the “Explore Archive” option, you can navigate records in the TDA through a format very similar to a file directory. Click the EXPLORE ARCHIVE button on the left side of the search toolbar (see Figure 1, below.)

screenshot of the TDA homepage with the Explore Archive button circled in red
Figure 1.

Once the directory is displayed, you can click the sort and display icons on the right, just above the results (see Figure 2, below.)

screenshot of the TDA explore screen with the sort options circled in red
Figure 2.

For more description of these icons, see our legend of icons used in the TDA. We recommend you try out all views and decide which best suits your needs.

To continue exploring the archive, click on a thumbnail or title to enter that Collection and view its contents (see Figure 3, below.)

screenshot of the TDA explore page with a red arrow pointing to the manuscripts icon
Figure 3.

Continue clicking on the thumbnails of interest to you to enter those parts of the Collection. You will likely encounter several levels of folders before identifying a single record to display. Along the way, you may Refine Your Selection using the options provided on the left (see Figure 4, below.)

screenshot of the TDA manuscripts search results with the refine your selection box circled in red
Figure 4.

Read more about how to refine search results.

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