Welcome to the MBC Online Collections Database!

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

This database is a work in progress.

Currently it contains 16,121 records which include television and radio programs and artifacts.

We're continually updating so please keep coming back to see what's new.

Quick Link for Records with Online Videos:

Available Video

Tips for Searching

Keyword Search

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 Hanley Ranch will return records associated with Hanley OR Ranch). 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. "Rocky Pine Ranch"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.

When using Keyword Search to look for a person, for best results use the format last name, first name and use quotation marks (") around the name, for example, "Barker, Bob".

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. For example, searching White in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the White family, without having to sift through black & white photographs. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.

If you're looking for a specific type of show, try using the "Search Terms" box in Advanced Search. For example, you can search for "documentary", "sitcom", "drama", "news", "sports" and so on by using this box.

Catalog Searches (TV/Radio & Artifacts)

The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. If you only want to search for Artifacts, click the Artifacts button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.

Random Images

The Random Images button is a great way to just 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.