On each screen within the ARIAS a standard top menu bar
is displayed which allows navigation at any time to the following:
PHMC Web Site
The home page for the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum
Contact Us A mail
feature to contact us with any comments or questions.
How To Where you
are now - General guidelines for using the system and accessing
ARIAS Menu The
menu for ARIAS which lists the archives available online and
where you will select the archives series to view.
ARIAS Home The
ARIAS home page where an information overview concerning the
content, both live and planned, of ARIAS is displayed.
Searching for Images
The images on line are indexed as they appear in the original
card file. Not all images are indexed; in most cases every
50th image is indexed. Where the volume is low, every 25th
image is indexed and where the volume is high, every 100th
image is indexed. If the name is misspelled on the card, the
misspelling is reflected in the index entry. If you do not
immediately find the name you are researching, check all possible
spellings of the name. Although these records are, for the
most part, in alphabetical order we cannot guarantee that
the original card file did not contain out-of-sequence cards.
The highest level of index is by the first letter; A-Z. The
underlined letters contain images. When a letter is displayed
in black with no underline, there are no images to view. (e.g.,
in the World War I example, "X" contains no images.)
The next index point is a set of images (25-100) with the
first and last images of the set indexed. Some examples of
set index points are:
- Aaronson, Archie A. - Alexander, Irvin Smith
- Kindt, Gustave George (back) - Knaefler, Raymond G.
- Sheets, Lance Maynard (back) - Shor, Leon (letter)
- Zabludoff, Philip - zur Horst, Walter F. (back)
When necessary, additional information is noted in parenthesis.
When card files have a front and a back image, the front is
always assumed. If the back of a card is an indexed image,
it is noted as "(back)". If an indexed image is
a form of correspondence, it is indicated with the designation
If you are searching for an image, for example "Shoemaker",
you would first select the "S" index. Within the
"S" index, you would select "Sheets, Lance
Maynard (back) - Shor, Leon (letter)", because "Shoemaker"
would be found within this range. The items will be returned
in the volume in which they were indexed. For instance, those
indexed in groups of 100 will be displayed 1-100, those indexed
in groups of 25 will be displayed as 1-25, etc. In this particular
example, 1-50 images would now be available for you to browse.
CHANGE PAGE SIZE - Because of the increased time required
to download greater quantities of images, you may wish to
decrease the number of images to display at one time. This
is easily accomplished by adjusting the number in the "Change
Page Size" box. Selecting 50 will download all 50 at
once. Selecting 10 will provide you with 1-10, 11-20, 21-30,
31-40, and 41-50 items for selection. "Shoemaker"
would be found closer to "Shor" (image 50) than
"Sheets" (image 1) in the set. By selecting Change
Page Size to 10, groups of images can be accessed much more
quickly, especially on slower dial-up connections, than by
immediately downloading all 50 images.
The original paper records were filmed. From this film, the
images were digitized for presentation on the Web. The content,
sequence and image quality among the records series will vary
depending on how they were originally written/typed and subsequently
filmed. Efforts were made to optimize the records for readabilty
and presentation purposes for the Web.
Each individual image contains an image header. The image
item number is displayed in the left corner and a Print box
is displayed in the upper right corner. To select an image(s)
to print, click on the print box(es) of the image(s) you wish
to print. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the
"Print Selected Cards" button.
A page will be returned which contains only the items you
selected to print. You now have the option to click "Print
this Page!" or return to the previous page to modify
your selections. Note: When selecting "Print this Page!"
the check box will be blank at this point; there is no need
to re-check it to print. The print function should work properly
in most modern browsers. Some older browsers may not support
this functionality. If that is the case, please use your browser's
built-in print capability.
For further information
about the site and future priorities for making original records
available, contact the Pennsylvania
State Archives ARIAS Team.
Historical Records through ARIAS!