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For example, if you enter the query “15” (with or without the quotation marks), you will get collections with the number 15 somewhere in their text. It may be part of the RG number (RG-15) or it might be part of a date (e.g., November 15, 1941), or something else in the text.
If you want to call back the entire contents of a record group, enter as follows: "RG-15" (or whatever RG# you are seeking) with quotation marks around it. The search will return all members of the group including those collections that are identified by accession numbers.
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The online version of the Archival Guide was updated in January 2013 to include acquisitions made by the Museum's International Archival Programs Division and by the Archives Branch through Fall 2012.
For a more complete listing of the Museum's collections or for additional information on a particular collection, please consult our online Collections Catalog at http://collections.ushmm.org.