The House of Fraser archive consists of records in five collections:
Series, companies, people, activities and functions. When viewing the search results, any returned results will be divided into separate collections. Clicking on a collection's tab will reveal the search results for the selected collection.
The search results can be additionally filtered by specifying a date range. It should be pointed out that the relevant date within each record is also expressed as a date range in the majority of cases, so results will be returned whenever the specified date range overlaps with the date range covered by the record. In some cases this can be quite large, a hundred years or more, so these records will tend to be returned even when a smaller date range has been specified. Some of the series records are dated to a single year, and these will also be returned where the record's year falls within a specified range of dates.
The results returned by searches use 'keywords in context' (KWIC) outputting. This displays each search term (highlighted in yellow) surrounded by a short section of text on either side of the term from where it is located in the record. Each KWIC result is grouped by record and there may be several search results per record. Click on the Record ID in the top left of the returned record to view the complete record. The record page also highlights your selected search terms.