Access the Collections

Using the library catalog
There are many ways to use the library catalog to find material from the Alcott Collection. Here are a few tips:

1. Limiting your search to the Alcott Collection: Select “HBLL Special Collections” on the “library” drop-down to limit your search. Clicking on "Advance Keyword Search" will lead you to another search screen, where you can further limit your search by location. To use this option to look for Alcott material, choose "Louisa May Alcott Collection" on the "location" field drop-down.

2. Constructing your search: Items may be found by searching for authors, titles, keywords, or subjects. When searching by author, remember to construct your search using the “last name, first name” format.
For a keyword search by subject for Alcott material, create a search string using Alcott's name and the subject:
--Alcott criticism and interpretation
A list of subject headings in the catalog can be accessed by performing an alphabetical subject search on "Alcott, Louisa May."

3. Browsing your results: Use the “limit your search results” categories in the box at the right of the results page to further explore by subject, theme, or genre.

4. Finding specific editions: You may also use tools found under the Advanced Keyword Search link to further limit your search by publication date. In the Advanced Keyword search window form, enter a specific date or date range in the “pubyear” field.

Request Reading Privileges
Students and faculty with demonstrated research interests may access material at L. Tom Perry Special Collections. Patrons can request reading privileges online or in person at the Special Collections reference desk, 1130 HBLL.

Request a Class Presentation
University faculty may arrange for class presentations of these and any other materials in Special Collections on our website.