Alexander Henderson's Colchester Scheme of Goods Project

Search Tips

Search Organization.  The search tool is a simple keyword search.  You can also search by year.  You can either limit your search to a specific data entry field or search the whole database.

The Search Fields.  This search tool allows you to search the following fields: all; item; category; subcategory; and year.  Item, category, and subcategory fields have restricted authority tables.  You cannot specify searches in the following fields (however, a keyword search with the “all” field set will pull data from these entries): folio page; reference; item number; quantity; qualifier; inventory description; unit price; cost (pound, shilling, pence); list; and note.

A brief definition of the searchable fields is listed below.  See the manual (PDF file) for additional information. 

Item: A one or two word name for the good received. This field provides a standardized list of all the goods requested for Henderson’s store.  A researcher interested in a specific type of good can search that term and come up with all the orders and not have to anticipate the vagaries of eighteenth century spelling.
Category: The broad grouping into which the item can be catalogued.  This field provides data on broader themes of material culture.  If a researcher wanted to do a study of all fabric and not just specific types like silks or oznabrigs, they could search the database for the category Textiles and in return receive every invoice and matching order for this type of consumer good
Subcategory: This sub-grouping allows for more detail than the broader category groupings.  Here, a researcher may want to delve more deeply into the category of Textiles to see what Henderson hoped to offer the consumer of fabric versus the category of notions (including buttons and ribbon).  They could do so by searching Fabric and Notions in the subcategory field.
Year: By entering a year, the user can narrow their searches to specific time periods.