Archival research collections across the University of Oklahoma campus have come together to create a unified
portal for discovery of collection inventories.
Thanks to ARC, it’s now easier than ever to discover the diverse and historically significant collections
housed at the University of Oklahoma. From House Speaker Carl Albert’s correspondence surrounding the
Watergate scandal to glass slides used in theatre organ sing-alongs, the depths of these collections are just
waiting to be discovered.
The power of ARC lies in the instant connections researchers can make between collections across campus.
Rather than visiting separate online databases and attempting to stitch them together, a researcher
interested in the life of Liberace for example, could simple search for his name and find that relevant
photographs exist at multiple repositories on campus.
Search: Type your search terms into the main search box to discover relevant materials - it’s that
Browse & Filter: Using the main navigation, choose either Repositories, Collections, or Subjects to
begin browsing. Then use the options in the left navigation to filter and refine your search.
Plan Your Visit: Once you’ve found materials relevant to your research, simply contact the repository
listed in the left navigation to find out how to access those materials. Archivists at each repository will
be happy to help, whether you plan to visit in-person or not.
Benefits of ARC Consortium Membership:
Cost and time savings as departments pool resources
Inter-departmental support to improve access to collections
Cross-discovery of collections materials which heretofore have been maintained in veritable information
Hosting and management of an open-source, standards-based, professionally supported database
(ArchivesSpace) by CCE-IT
User-friendly, publicly accessible, online database for researchers
Data crawled by major search engines
Robust collections management interface
Standardized data export options
Interested in having the inventories of your OU repository included in ARC? Contact
email@example.com for more information on joining the ARC Consortium.