About the Digital Catalog

Discover the life and legacy of Ernest L. Boyer!

A screenshot of the Boyer Center Archives online database

The Ernest L. Boyer Center Archives' PastPerfect online database provides researchers with a wealth of information about the life, work, and legacy of Ernest L. Boyer -- all at their fingertips!

Using the database, researchers can search for and download digital versions of speeches, manuscripts, correspondence, ephemera, and other material contained within the collection.

Tips for searching

The Boyer Center Archives online database provides a number of ways for researchers to search its valuable collection.

Keyword Search

The Keyword Search button allows researchers to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words. (Put another way: A search for Hanley Ranch will return records associated with Hanley OR Ranch.) To find records that include both keywords, type in AND between the two words. 

To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotation marks (e.g., "Rocky Pine Ranch"). Researchers can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard. (Put another way: A search for histor* would return 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 for 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 quotation marks and use of wildcards (*) are also available in Advanced Search.

Random Images

The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Image 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.

Can't find what you're looking for online?

Please note that not all of the Boyer Center Archives' holdings are currently accessible via this online catalog, although additions to the catalog are made regularly. Please contact the archivist with questions related to the collection or if you are unable to locate what you are searching for.