Most special collections or archives like the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies or the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library maintain large online databases of information about their collections. Each collection has a finding aid or guide that outlines the organization of the materials it contains--think lists of boxes and folder titles organized to keep related materials together.
To find material culture in archives it is helpful to be conversant with the terms used to describe the phsycial nature of items, from general terms like "object", "artifact", "material" or "textile" to more specific terms like "campaign memorabilia", "uniform" or "tool".
At UGA special collections, both the Hargrett Library and the Russell Library use the term "artifact" in their finding aids to group together non-textual records into an organizational grouping called a series.
Therefore "artifact" is a great place to start your search if you want to move beyond the items we have selected for the class.
To get a feel for the process of keyword searching and browsing this database, enter "artifact" into the search engine and browse the results. See the results for this search here:
See what a search for "artifact" yields in the Hargrett Library collections here
See what a search for "artifact" yields in the Russell Library collections here
If you find something neat from searching and browsing the databases of the special collections departments, you can request the item from the database and come in to the research rooms at the special collections library building and view it.
What if you don't find what you want?