Tips for using the search box and filters

The archives can be searched from any page using the ‘Search all endangered archives’ box. This is different to the ‘Search our website’ box in the site header, which searches the main British Library catalogue. 

Here are some useful tips for using search and the filters available:

  • Enter multiple search terms to find results containing all of those words (e.g. glass plate negative portrait)
  • To exclude a term use ‘-‘ (e.g. glass plate negative -portrait)
  • Quotation marks can be used to search for an exact phrase (e.g. glass plate negative)
  • Searching for the EAP project number will show all records from that project (e.g. EAP880; EAP1056)
  • If known you can search by EAP reference for a specific record or collection within a project (e.g. EAP880/1/2/3; EAP755/1)
  • Search results can be filtered using the options on the left sidebar next to search results (e.g. by language, script, subject etc.)
  • The numbers next to the filters indicate how many records exist in the archive matching your current search
  • Multiple filters can be combined together to further refine your results.
  • Browse all EAP archives without keyword search by clicking on ‘Explore the Archives’ and then filtering your results. This is helpful if you want to browse all results for a specific language, script, or content type etc.

Please note. Our collections have not been scanned using Optical Character Recognition (OCR). Full text search is not available.