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Search Collections

There are multiple ways to search online for descriptions of collections and selected digital materials at Hagley. Begin your search by clicking on one of the following links:

Online Catalog : The catalog includes descriptions for most of Hagley's collections. It includes descriptions of our research material, including books, manuscripts, corporate records, trade catalogs, photograph collections, motion pictures, audio tapes, and other items.

Finding Aids : Finding aids identify, describe, and list collection contents. Most finding aids contain information about the person or organization who created the collection. Typically, these guides do not describe individual items like our online catalog does. Instead, finding aids describe groupings of materials such as the contents of a folder or a box as well as the organizational context in which these materials are stored.

Museum Collection : The Museum Collection includes a selection of online items from Hagley's collection of over 65,000 artifacts.

Digitized Collections : Hagley's Digital Archives includes digitized versions of selected items from our library collections.

Subject Guides : Subject guides provide an overview of the Hagley Library's collections around a specific topic. 

Subscription Databases are available to on-site researchers and database subscribers. The following are external databases that include content from Hagley's library collections: American Consumer CultureChina, America and the Pacific: Trade & Cultural Exchange, and World's Fairs: A Global History of Expositions

Please note: Hagley holds millions of books, primary documents, visual materials, artifacts, and collection guides but only a small fraction has been digitized. The best way to use our collection is to visit us in Wilmington, Delaware. If you have any questions, please contact us at