Welcome to the Owls Head Transportation Museum's Online Collections Database.
This website covers only a small portion of the Lang Education Center & Library's collections and holdings, which include more than 6,000 book volumes; 3,000 periodicals, paintings, prints and ephemera; 10,000 photographs and negatives; a film and video library; and living history tapes and manuscripts. These collections are supplemented by textile and clothing artifacts, and study collections of more than 5,000 artifacts relating to transportation history, with new research materials arriving frequently. Emails, phone calls, and visits to the Lang Center are encouraged.
Tips for Searching
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 Fokker triplane
will return records associated with Fokker
). 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. "Vanderbilt Cup Races"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g., a search for histor*
would come up with records containing history
, 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 Stanley
in the Objects field will bring up any records associated with actual Stanley
vehicles or accessories, without having to sift through records for authors, books, or magazines whose name includes Stanley
. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) is available in Advanced Search.
The Random Images
button is a great way to simply 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; then click "View Catalog Record" to see the full record for that item.