There are several tools that provide context, highlights, and introductions to the materials in this collection, including essays, thematic online exhibitions, several image collections and art galleries, and guides to the tribes and nations included in the collection materials. A maps section provides historical maps and an interactive map that shows the changing tribal territories over time.
A listing of popular search terms acts an introductory indexing system, providing a quick view of keywords, names, places, and topics included in the collection.
This platform provides several tools to help introduce, frame, and engage the subject matter and collection content. Several thematic visual galleries provide selected images from collection content and act as gateways into the content, and a listing of popular searches provides an introductory clickable index to keywords, places, peoples, and themes.
There is a rich collection of digitized historical maps, and an interactive data map tool that provides visualizations of transportation routes, overland trails, livestock trails, mining regions, historical political boundaries, buffalo herd territories, tribal territories, and military outposts.
This collection prides itself on the inclusion of a full run of the weekly periodical Town Topics (1887-1923) providing a direct pathway to the stories and topics provided to the consuming public concerning society, gossip, works of fiction, sports, finance, and advertisements.
Several thematic introductions provide useful gateways into the collection, covering topics including race, cookery, medicine, politics, farming, family, and fashion & beauty.
This collection provides several tools that provide context and entry points for content: thematic essays, sample eyewitness travel accounts, and descriptions of the businesses and organizations included in the collection materials. There is also a group of thematic introductions to collection materials covering topics such as: children and families, urban tours and city breaks, health and medical travel, and various types of travel options.
Nearly two dozen thematic collections bring together collection highlights content into accessible groupings, while several descriptive entries introduce the various music genres, artists, and movements. Multiple essays and interviews further build out the context of the period the collection covers.
Researchers can begin their entry to the collection through keyword searching, or through the multiple thematic image and video collections providing collection highlights.
An extensive collection of digitally reproduced historic maps from the 1500's through 1800's focusing largely on Africa and including the Caribbean and North America.
Lists of popular searches act as shortened indexes to the collection and can help identify topics, keywords, names, and places from the collection.