Welcome to the MBC Collections Database

Access provided thanks to a generous donation from the Paul M. Angell Foundation.

This database is a work in progress. We're continually updating so please keep coming back to see what's new.

22,425 records and counting.

Quick Searches

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Keyword Search

The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online.

Advanced Search

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.

Catalog Searches

The catalog buttons (Television/Radio/Artifacts) can also help narrow down your search, by only searching within a selected catalog.

Random Images

The Random Images button is a fun way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays an assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.