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How do I search HistoryMakers?

Find oral history video interviews of influential African Americans.

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Search HistoryMakers

Step 1:

Access HistoryMakers.  Note: If you're off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your myPVCC username and password.

Step 2:

Select the Maker Directory tab at the top.

Maker Directory tab screenshot


Step 3:

Enter the name of the person you want to learn more about in the search box.  For example, enter "Maya Angelou."

Screenshot of Maya Angelou in search box


Step 3:

Click the picture of the person you are looking for.


Step 4:

Scroll through the list of videos, and click on the video you want to watch.

Screenshot of video thumbnails


Step 5:

Click the Home tab, and search for this person again.  

Screenshot of Home tab and search box with Maya Angelou entered again


Step 6:

This time you will get results of anyone in the database who speaks about the person you are interested in.  It could be someone who knew her or was inspired by her.  Click the picture to watch the video you're interested in.  

Screenshot of video thumbnails




  • Not sure who to search for?  Click the Topic Search tab, select a topic (or more than one topic), and click Show Tagged Stories.
    Topic Search for Church/Religion    Show Tagged Stories screenshot