Dear George Carpenito:
Thank you for posting your question on History Hub, and thank you for your contributions to By the People!
I do not believe any of the completed NAWSA transcriptions have been added to loc.gov yet, but you can browse Bethwood Atwood's digitized correspondence in the collection (folder 1; folder 2). Otherwise, it sounds like searching adjacent documents in By the People is a good tactic; you might also considering reaching out to others here on History Hub or perhaps posting a screen shot of the words/names that are difficult to decipher.
Please do not hesitate to ask additional questions, and thanks again for your help!
Library of Congress
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There isn't an advanced search feature on the loc.gov site for the kind of faceting searching you'd like, but you may want to try this workaround:
- Use the filters on the left side of loc.gov search results to get to the group of materials you want.
- Then, in your browser's address bar, add &q= and then your search query with "+" between each word at the end of the current URL
- Hit enter
- Your browser should load the results of the faceted search
For example: Add &q=Frederick+Douglass to https://www.loc.gov/collections/mary-church-terrell-papers/?fa=partof:mary+church+terrell+papers:+diaries,+1888-1951to search for "Frederick Douglass" within Mary Church Terrell's 1888-1951 diaries
However, as Loretta notes above, this is only useful for those collections where we have already added transcriptions from By the People. Unfortunately, we there is a waiting list for completed projects that still need to be published back on loc.gov.
Thank you both Lauren and Loretta.
Loretta, It is good to know that even though I may find something in the LOC digital collections, that particular item may not be transcribed yet and thus searchable within the item.
Lauren, Even though there is no advanced search feature, this workaround while a bit cumbersome, may come in handy. Just to be clear, the &q= term needs to be added to the url with no extra spaces, not in the search box.
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Yes! Updating my answer above to hopefully make that clearer.