Online Collections Catalog Help

Searching the Ohio History Connection's new online collections catalog.


In July  2012, the Ohio History Connection began the process of implementing a new online collections catalog (OCC).

What is different?

Currently, catalog records for library, archives and museums collections are stored in separate databases.

  • The Library and Newspapers database includes the majority of our books, serials, pamphlets, maps and newspapers. To limit your search to only newspapers, please add "npdb" to your search terms. For example, a search for "Cleveland npdb" will return newspapers with "Cleveland" in their title.
  • The Manuscripts, Audio/Visual, and State Archives database includes large portions of our State Archives, manuscript, and photograph collections, as well as additional archival materials.
  • The Museum Collections database features over 140,000 records from our archaeology, history, and natural history collections. More than 20,000 records include images.

For complete information about OHS's holdings on a specific topic, we strongly recommend searching all three databases.

What else will be changing?

We are currently working on a new, user-friendly front page that will allow you to search across all collections at one time. We plan to implement this integrated search option sometime in 2014.


Please check back in the coming months for more information.

Why did we change the OCC?

Our new online collections catalog will provide better search options, which will return more useful search results for our users.

The new system will also improve our ability to manage collections behind the scenes, helping us to make more collections information accessible to the public.

Please let us know if we can help!

We know that adapting to the new online collections catalog will be challenging.

Need help? Ask our reference staff. Remember, we're here to help!