This database will serve as the online repository for the various collections housed at the Kansas Masonic Library and Museum. The website is currently under construction and it will be a slow process of adding more material. As of right now, the database’s purpose is to serve as a finding aid for patrons to find material that can then be requested from the Library. In the future, as records are digitized, more and more records will be available to view online. If you are looking for something in particular or researching a specific topic and can't find it here, please contact Dylan Sweyko-Kuhlman at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 785-234-5518.
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 Wyandotte York Rite will return records associated with Wyandotte OR York Rite). 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. "Wyandotte York Rite"). 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.
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 White in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the White family, without having to sift through black & white photographs. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.
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.
The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. 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.