Welcome to our Online Collections Database!

The PastPerfect Online Collections Database gives you the opportunity to learn about the many artifacts the Museum of Northern History has in its collections. Currently the records for the Objects and Photograph Collections are available online. Images of these artifacts will continue to be added to this website in the coming months. The Archival and Library Collections will be added to the search engine in 2017. Be sure to check in regularly to see the latest image and information uploads!

Tips for Searching

Keyword Search

The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Strand Theatre will return records associated with Strand OR Theatre). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Government Road"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. For example, searching Sylvanite in the Place field instead of only using the word mine will narrow the focus and bring up records associated with the Sylvanite Mine. This means not having to sift through every record in the collection that mentions the word mine. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.

Random Images

The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.

Catalog Searches (Photos / Objects)

The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. If you only want to search for Photos, click the Photos button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.

Requesting Reproductions

Reproductions from the Museum of Northern History are not available online, but may be requested by email. Please contact us for additional information or visit our website to review our reproduction policy.

Submitting Feedback

We appreciate your opinions and welcome your comments and concerns. Simply click the Send Feedback button at the top of each catalog record screen to send us your thoughts. A member of our staff will be in touch with you within two business days.