Pallas online catalogue

Pallas is an integrated electronic description system which allows you to search all our collections simultaneously. The archives collection can be searched by entering (a) search term(s) or by browsing through the tree structure.

Pallas can be consulted in Dutch, English or French, but the content of the descriptions is available only in the language of the document. The largest portion has been described in Dutch.

Not all our archives and collections are already included in this online catalogue. Descriptions are added almost daily. Did your search not deliver the desired result? Feel free to contact us via or on telephone number +32 (0) 2 629 24 34.

A brief explanation about searching in Pallas.

In the first screen, you see the following picture:


To search via search term, enter one or more words in the search field. When using one search term, you can also abbreviate by using ‘secu’ for instance instead of ‘secular’ or ‘secularism’. You’ll get a list of all the words that match your search term and can then click on the word of your choice.

For a more directed search, you can enter several search terms simultaneously. Pallas ignores capital letters or accents. You do not have to enter delimiters (such as ‘&’ or ‘,’), spaces suffice. The order of the words is not important, the system combines them itself. You start the search by pressing <Enter> or the ‘Search’ button.

In the upper bar on the right, you can indicate which part of the description should be searched for the search term. By default, ‘All’ is used for the search, but you can refine your search for example by only searching on ‘person’ and not on the entire description when entering a name. You then only get the descriptions which have the person as creator or donor, etc. as a search result.

In the lower bar, you can specify whether you want to search in the archives, the library or the photo library. By default, it searches all document types.

The search results are always displayed grouped together: first the archives, then the library books and articles and finally the descriptions from the photo library.

When searches return multiple pages of results, you can navigate to the following pages using the arrows pijltjes at the bottom of the page.

If you click on a description in the search results list, you will see all the description parent levels so it is clear which archive the description belongs to.

Clicking the pallas3 icon at the bottom of the page brings you to the tree structure where you find the full context of the description.

You can also click pallas_browse in the first screen to search through the tree structure. You will see the highest level of the tree structure for the archives collection. By clicking on plus , you can see smaller and smaller archive units. Found what you were looking for? Then you can ‘isolate’ this unit and investigate it further by clicking on the icon (e.g. pallas5) for the description. Clicking on that icon again will return you to the overview.

It is not possible to ‘browse’ the library or the photo collection.


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