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Browsing the DPLA

In addition to searching, you can discover objects in the DPLA by browsing through subjects and partners, as well as exploring our maptimeline, and bookshelf. You can also view a series of curated exhibitions developed by our partners.

Exhibitions

The DPLA and its partners have curated a series of virtual exhibitions highlighting specific themes, such as activism in the United States, Prohibition, and a joint exhibition with Europeana that tells the story of European emigration to the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. These exhibitions include full photographs and detailed information about special topics.

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An example of a DPLA item record.

Map

Curious to see what resources the DPLA has from your home state? From your college town? From the city where your parents were born? Hundreds of thousands of the objects in our database can be viewed on our Map.

Subjects

Interested in exploring a full list of subject categories in the DPLA, from A(coma Pueblo) to Z(uni)? You can explore subjects in alphabetical order or by number of objects per subject through our Subjects list.

Partners

You can browse DPLA’s holdings by partner on our Partners list.

Timeline

The objects in the DPLA cover hundreds of years of our cultural heritage. You can browse by century, decade, and year using our Timeline.

Bookshelf

The DPLA Bookshelf is an easy way to search DPLA’s books, serials, and journals. The darker the shade of blue, the more relevant the results. Click on a spine for details and related images. Book thickness indicates the page count, and the horizontal length reflects the book’s actual height.

Viewing an item record

Found something interesting? The DPLA item record displays all available metadata about an object, including a thumbnail, the object’s title, its creator, its location, the date the item was created, a description, the item type (image, text, etc.), related subjects, rights information, and a link to the object on the content provider’s website. From the item record, you can save an item to a playlist using your DPLA account; share an item via Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ using the orange “Share” button; and, where date and location information is available, view the item on the timeline or map.