Welcome to Waywiser, the new online database of Harvard's Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments!
Searching the Online Collection
To browse the entire online collection, click on the fellow with the waywiser, or the much less exciting Browse button in the navigation bar on the left. More instrument records will be added to Waywiser frequently, so visit often to view new object descriptions and weekly updates!
To perform your own search in Waywiser, you can either enter a term in the Quick Search engine at the top of the navigation bar (which searches multiple fields simultaneously), or click on the Search button. This allows you to perform a more advanced search in a specific field (such as "maker", "description", "inscription", etc.).
Creating Your Own Study Collections
Waywiser can aid your research by giving you the opportunity to create and manage your own study collections of instruments. To take advantage of this feature, simply Sign on and follow the instructions. NOTE: You don't need to sign on to be granted access to Waywiser! You are free to browse and search the online database without creating your own collections.
Our curators will on occasion assemble a group of records pertaining to current exhibitions and special collections. These may be found via the Exhibitions & Special Collections button on the left.
Some technical points...
- Owing to server capabilities, the very first Quick Search you will perform will most likely take several seconds. Hang in there! Once it is done, the following searches will be much quicker.
- We use Zoomify to display interactive image enlargements. When you are looking at an instrument record, clicking on the instrument image will enlarge it, and enable zooming-in for closer examination. If a window opens up displaying the Zoomify logo but not the image itself, it probably means you do not have the Flash Player plug-in. To install it on your computer, go to http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/, and follow the download and installation instructions.
Waywiser is tested against Internet Explorer 7.0 and Mozilla Firefox 1.5. Other browsers may not display the pages correctly.