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Using this Site

Wyandot History Digital Archive is a non-commercial educational database dedicated to providing access to original source materials--journals, diaries, ledger books, correspondence, postal history, census records, legal documents, treaties, maps, photographs, drawings and material culture--associated with the Wendat/Wyandot people. Its content is provided by a community of scholars, archivists, genealogists, historians and other interested individuals based upon the principle of open access for the purposes of promoting and enhancing scholarly inquiry into the history of First Nations.

Through the use of guided searches with key words, tags and thematic exhibits, users are invited to construct their personal narrative of the Wendat/Wyandot past. They are also encouraged to provide their own perspective on the significance of these primary sources through commentaries and analysis of archived documents.

Browsing: Clicking on one of the headings in the upper left portion of the site will generate a summary listing of items or collections currently archived in Wyandot History. Another option is to press the 'View All Items' button at the lower right corner of the home page. Clicking on the title for an item will reveal the full entry for that item.

Searches: By entering in one or more keywords into the search box on the upper right portion of the home page banner you can retrieve a list of items related to the entered keywords. Those items with more keywords related to the search will appear at the top of the results list.

Tags: The items archived in Wyandot History also have associated 'tags', descriptive words related to the item in question which assist in identifying individuals, topics or themes mentioned. Select the 'Browse Items' button and then choose 'Browse By Tag'. Clicking on a tag term will generate a list of all items bearing that tag.

Collections: Archival repositories (and occasionally sub-collections within an archive or library) are designated as discrete collections. These typically consist of original artifacts and documents however may include transcriptions based upon original documents or microcopies, research notes and even photocopies.

Collection Tree: The collection tree is an alphabetical listing of all collections in the Wyandot History site.

Exhibits: Exhibits are a grouping of associated items in the Wyandot History database. Feel free to suggest your own ideas for exhibits.

Dublin Core: The Dublin Core is the cataloging standard used in Omeka sites.

Commenting: To comment on items you must register through the MyOmeka tab (located on the upper banner of the site). Open the email you received during the registration process and click the link given to activate your account. (If the email does not appear in your inbox within a few moments be sure to check your spam folder.) After clicking on the link you will be routed back to the Omeka site and prompted for your password. Enter your chosen password, re-enter the password, and then press activate. Log in and you will be ready to share your commentary!

Editing Transcriptions: Editing conventions are found under 'Transcription Standards' of the Submission Guidelines section.

Submissions: If you have materials you would like to contribute to Wyandot History, please consult the Submission Guidelines section.

Resources: Materials assisting in First Nations research are included in this section of the site.