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America: History and Life

  • Best Bet
  • Scholarly Sources
  • Vendor: EBSCOhost

Scholarship (articles, books, dissertations and book reviews) about US and Canadian history

Rafu Shimpo Digital Archive

  • Best Bet
  • Newspapers & News Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Eastview

The oldest currently published Japanese American newspaper, from 1904-2018, with a link to current issues. In Japanese and English; mostly in Japanese before 1947 and mostly in English since 1947. Suspended publication during the internment of Japanese American citizens from 1942-1945.

Adams Papers Digital Edition

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: University of Virginia Press

John Adams's complete diaries, selected legal papers, and the ongoing series of family correspondence and state papers.

African American Communities

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Primary source material on aspects of the African American community, culture and identity in Atlanta, Chicago, New York and towns and cities of North Carolina.

African American Experience: The American Mosaic

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ABC-CLIO

Primary sources (speeches, ads, interviews, court cases, statistics, media, etc.) and reference works. Fully searchable Federal Writer's Project WPA slave narratives. Classics in Black scholarship from 67 historically Black college and university presses. Early 1800s-present.

African American Newspapers

  • Newspapers & News Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Accessible Archives

Full-text of articles from major African American newspapers published in the United States in the 19th century. Includes: Freedom's Journal, The Colored American, The North Star, The National Era, Provincial Freeman, Frederick Douglass Paper, The Christian Recorder, Freedmen's Record, and The Negro Business League Herald. Coverage 1827-1909.

African American Newspapers 1827-1998

  • Newspapers & News Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Newsbank

Newspaper content from more than 35 states. Covers topics from life in the Antebellum South to the long Civil Rights Movement, and beyond.

Age of Exploration

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

A collection of primary source documents from 1420-1920 covering world exploration. Documents include diaries and journals, manuscripts, maps, scientific papers & surveys , logbooks, documents, film and audio.

AM Explorer

(Adam Mathew Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

AM Explorer provides access to all of primary sources collections from the publisher Adam Matthew. These include collections from European History, US History, Asian History, Religious Studies, African History, Latin American History, Middle Eastern History, English Literature, and Economic history.

American Consumer Culture

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Primary source materials: catalogs, marketing material, market research reports, photographs, pilot studies and letters –from the 19th-20th century.

American History, 1493-1945

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

A large collection of primary source documents from American History from 1493-1945, including books, broadsides, business and financial documents, correspondence, diaries, government documents, pamphlets and photographs.

American Indians and American West

(History Vault)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

First hand accounts of Indian wars and westward migration. Coverage includes Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Records from the Major Council Meetings of American Indian Tribes.

American Newsreels in Video

  • Popular Sources | Primary Sources (Archival) | Videos
  • Vendor: Alexander Street Press

American Newsreels in Video has newsreels from Universal Pictures and Universal Newsreels from the year 1929 to the year 1946.

American West

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Primary source documents from and about the American West. Digitized from the Everett D. Graff Collection at the Newberry Library, Chicago.

Ancestry.com

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Census, immigration, military service and other civil records. Focus is on US and UK and on their colonies/territories. U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930. Also includes 1930 Mexico Census.

Archives Unbound

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Gale

Primary source documents relevant to Latin American, Asian European and US history.

Atlanta Daily World, Historical

  • Newspapers & News Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Main newspaper for the African-American community in Atlanta, 1931-2003

Black Abolitionist Papers

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Correspondence, speeches, sermons, lectures and other primary sources by African-American abolitionists in the US and other Europe from 1830 until the end of the Civil War in 1865

Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century

(History Vault)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

4 modules: 1 & 2) Federal Government Recods & Supplement - FBI files and records from the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Reagan presidencies; 3) Organizational Records and Papers, Part 1 - from 3 major civil rights organizations: Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, and the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs; 3) Organizational Records and Papers, Part 2 - records of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the Africa-related papers of Claude Barnett, and the Robert F. Williams Papers.

Black Loyalist

  • Primary Sources (Archival) | Reference Sources

Primary, biographical, and demographic sources about African Americans who were promised freedom and were loyal to British Crown during the American Revolution

Black Studies Center

  • Newspapers & News Sources | Popular Sources | Primary Sources (Archival) | Scholarly Sources
  • Vendor: ProQuest

A fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies including scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, images, and much more. Includes the Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, citations and abstracts from the International Index to Black Periodicals, and index to the Black Literature Index microfiche collection.

Black Thought and Culture

  • Popular Sources | Primary Sources (Archival) | Scholarly Sources
  • Vendor: Alexander Street Press

Includes non-fiction writings such as monographs, letters, speeches, interviews, etc., by major figures in Black America, covering 250 years of history. Features unique and never-before-published materials. Includes full-text of the Black Panther newspaper.

Border and Migration Studies Online

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Alexander Street Press

Primary source documents, archives, films, and ephemera related to significant border areas and events from the 19th - 21st centuries.

Boston Globe, Historical

  • Newspapers & News Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Full page scans of the newspaper, 1872-1987

Chicago Defender, Historical

  • Newspapers & News Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Main newspaper for the African-American community in Chicago, 1910-1975

China: Culture and Society

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Primary documents such as addresses and speeches, annual reports,Guides and manuals, meeting minutes, notes and records, etc. that record various aspects of Chinese culture and society, 1750-1929. Themes include Chinese diaspora; foreign presence in China; foreign relations and diplomacy; international conflict and invasion; missionaries and Christianity; opium: trade, consumption, policy; rebellion and revolution; language and writing; arts and artefacts, literature, poetry, folklore, etc.

Colonial America

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Includes Diaries, broadsides , landholding documents, legal documents and legislation, petitions, from the Colonial Office files in the National Archives, UK. Covering the period 1606-1822 .

Colonial State Papers

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Documents from and about government of English Colonies, 1574-1739.

Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files

(History Vault)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Official records, reports and correspondence from State Department personnel describing political, military and socioeconomic matters and interactions with foreign government officials. Modules cover Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East (1940-1975 - dates vary by country)

Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files

(History Vault)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Official records, reports and correspondence from State Department personnel describing political, military and socioeconomic matters and interactions with foreign government officials. Modules cover Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East (1940-1975 - dates vary by country)

Digital National Security Archive

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Declassified U.S. government documents related to critical world events, from 1945-present. Includes contextual information for each topic.

Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: University of Virginia Press

Historical and legal scholarship that traces the Constitution's progress through each of the thirteen states' conventions, 1776-1787. Can search by date, title, author, recipient, or state affiliation and preserves the annotations of the print edition.

Early Encounters in North America

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Alexander Street Press

Personal accounts and perspectives from traders, slaves, missionaries, explorers, soldiers, native peoples, and officials. Documents include narratives, diaries, journals, and letters.

Empire Online

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Covering 1492-1969, documents from the UK Archives and many other institutions, including exploration journals and logs, letter books and correspondence, government papers, missionary papers, travel writing, slave papers, memoirs, fiction, folk tales, marketing poster and maps.

Ethnic Newswatch

  • Newspapers & News Sources | Popular Sources | Primary Sources (Archival) | Scholarly Sources
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Full text articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press. Covers 1960-present

Gender: Identity and Social Change

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Primary sources documenting the changing representations and lived experiences of gender roles and relations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia from the 19th century-present.

GenderWatch

  • Popular Sources | Scholarly Sources
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Citations and full-text popular and scholarly articles on gender, LGBTQ, and women's studies.,1978 - present.

HAPI: Hispanic American Periodicals Index

  • Newspapers & News Sources | Scholarly Sources
  • Vendor: UCLA

Citations for scholarly articles about Latin America, the Caribbean, and Hispanics/Latinos in the US. Coverage 1970-present.

HarpWeek

(Harper's Weekly)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: HarpWeek

Full text of Harper's Weekly, 1857-1889. One of the most important general news and culture magazines of mid - late 19th Century America.

HathiTrust Digital Library

  • E-books | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Hathitrust

Digitized books and magazines. Full-text available of out-of-copyright works. To download as a PDF, click Log In button and select your college.

Historical Statistics of the United States

  • Data & Statistics | Primary Sources (Archival) | Reference Sources
  • Vendor: Cambridge

Statistics on population, work, health, education, elections, industry, and economics. Some back to 1790, up through 2004. Most data updated by the Census Bureau web site. Can create custom tables which can also be downloaded, printed, or graphed.

History Vault

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Digitized primary sources on a wide range of topics

Immigration: Records of the INS, 1880-1930

(History Vault)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Digitized files covering Asian immigration, especially Japanese and Chinese migration, Mexican immigration to the U.S. from 1906-1930; and European immigration, and files on the INS’s regulation of prostitution and white slavery.

Indian Claims Insight

(History Vault)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Full text of Court of Claims and Indian Claims Commissions docket histories related. In addition to court documents docket histories also cite treaties, related congressional publications, and maps.

J. Walter Thompson: Advertising America

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Primary source materials on the history, operation, policies and accomplishments of one of the world's largest and oldest advertising firms covering aspects of 20th-century cultural, social, business, marketing, consumer and economic history.

Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Materials from the American Jewish Historical Society in New York about Jewish communities in America from the arrival of the first Jews in the 17th century to the mid-20th century. The database features the history of Jewish communities in America including the communal and social aspects of Jewish identity and culture, while tracing Jewish involvement in the political life of American society as a whole.

Law and Society since the Civil War

(History Vault)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Papers from prominent jurists, lawyers, professors, and judges providing insight into high profile legal cases and behind-the-scenes views of the American legal system. 1858-1976.

Los Angeles Sentinel, Historical

  • Newspapers & News Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Main newspaper for the African-American community in Los Angeles, 1934-1940, 1946-2005

Margaret Sanger Papers

(History Vault)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Digital archive of the papers of the principal founder and leader of the American and the international birth control movements. Digital scans of her personal papers (correspondence) and records from the American Birth Control League, founded in 1921 and later evolved into Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Medical Services and Warfare

(AM Explorer)
  • E-books | Images | Primary Sources (Archival) | Reference Sources
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

1850-1970. Hospital Reports and register, correspondence, memoirs and diaries, printed books and periodicals, maps, charts and hospital plans, photographs, postcards and illustrations and objects. Conflicts included: Crimean War, the American Civil War, The First World War. Topics include: impact on medicine during peacetime, influenza epidemic, 1918 post-war rehab, Women at War, sanitation, surgery, mental health, personal experience, hospital care, public health, systems and more. Features include interactive data visualization, medical developments, biographies and essays.

Migration to New Worlds

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Documents, mostly from 1800-1924, for the study of immigration from Great Britain, Ireland, continental Europe and Asia to the Americas and Australasia. Documents include books, newspapers, maps, shipping papers, ship plans, correspondence, ephemera, reports, manuscripts, maps, and postcards. Also included are oral histories.

NAACP Papers

(ProQuest History Vault)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Digitized papers related to the NAACP in 6 modules: 1) : Board of Directors, Annual Conferences, Major Speeches, and National Staff Files; 2) Branch Department, Branch Files, and Youth Department Files; 3) Special Subjects; 4) Major Campaigns: Education, Voting, Housing, Employment, Armed Forces; 5) Major Campaigns: Anti-Lynching, Criminal Justice, Peonage, Labor, Segregation and Discrimination Complaints and Responses; 6) Major Campaigns: Legal Department Files

New Deal and WWII

(History Vault)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Office files and records of the Roosevelt White House from 1933-1945 highlight the domestic and foreign concerns of the President and his administration.

New York Times, Historical

  • Newspapers & News Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Full page scans of the newspaper, 1851-2012.

Nexis Uni

(LexisNexis Academic, Lexis)
  • Data & Statistics | Newspapers & News Sources | Popular Sources | Primary Sources (Archival) | Scholarly Sources
  • Vendor: LexisNexis

Law, News and Business Database.
Full text news articles, law journal articles, court cases, briefs, legal codes, and SEC filings. Users can Shepardize court cases and then read the full text of the related decisions. Most publications are covered 1980-present. The best place to find interview transcripts from television and radio.

North American Indian Thought and Culture

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

This database includes autobiographies, biographies, Indian publications, oral histories, personal writings, photographs, drawings, audio files , and other documents relevant to Native American history, thought and culture from the sixteenth century through the mid to late twentieth century.

Oxford African American Studies Center

  • Reference Sources
  • Vendor: Oxford

Core content includes the full text of reference works in Black Studies. Also features articles, images, and maps, charts and tables covering demographics, government, politics, business, education and many other topics. New content will be added on an ongoing basis.

Papers of Andrew Jackson

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: University of Virginia Press

Complete papers of the 7th US President.

Papers of John Marshall

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: University of Virginia Press

Full text of correspondence, judicial opinions, and other writings by the 4th chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Philadelphia Tribune, Historical

  • Newspapers & News Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Main newspaper for the African-American community in Philadelphia, 1912-2001

Pittsburgh Courier, Historical

  • Newspapers & News Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Main newspaper for the African-American community in Pittsburgh, 1911-2002

Political Extremism and Radicalism

  • Popular Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Gale

Primary Sources (books, pamphlets, newspapers, newsletters, posters) from far-right and far-left groups of the 20th Century in the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia.

Presidential Recordings Digital Edition

  • Audio | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: University of Virginia Press

Recordings and transcripts of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. Includes transcripts of President Nixon's conversations appearing in Ken Hughes's Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Vietnam War, and the Casualties of Reelection (among others).Includes interactive charts.

Proquest Congressional

(LexisNexis Congressional, Serial Set)
  • Primary Sources (Archival) | Reference Sources | Scholarly Sources
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Citations and abstracts to hearings, committee reports, bill files, witness testimony, and more issued by Congress from 1769-present. Full-text is available through 2004, later for some titles. Full-Text Hearings 1824-2004; (CRS) Reports 1916-present, committee prints from 1830-current; Serials Set documents from 1789; the Congressional Record (1969-1994 in print); and Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations, 1789-2017.

Race Relations in America, 1928-1976

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Primary sources including survey material, interviews and statistics, to educational pamphlets, administrative correspondence, and photographs and speeches from the Annual Race Relations Institutes from 1943-1970.

Readers' Guide

  • Popular Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: EBSCOhost

Citations and links full text of articles from over 250 major popular magazines and periodicals from 1890-present.

Religions of America

  • Popular Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Gale

Primary and secondary materials on America’s new religious and spiritual groups, churches, temples, and associations, 19th - 20th centuries.

Sacramento Bee (1857-current)

  • Newspapers & News Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Newsbank

Full page scanned images of the entire newspaper (articles, photos, ads, etc.), from 1857-1983; 1984 - present includes text of articles only (no images or ads).

San Diego Union-Tribune (1871-current)

  • Newspapers & News Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Newsbank

Full page scanned images of the entire newspaper (articles, photos, ads, etc.), from 1871-1983; 1984- present includes text of articles only (no images or ads).

Selected Papers of John Jay

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: University of Virginia Press

Papers from the first chief justice of the Supreme Court.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery : A Transnational Archive

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Gale

Includes collections on the transatlantic slave trade, the global movement for the abolition of slavery, the legal, personal, and economic aspects of the slavery system, and the dynamics of emancipation in the U.S. as well as in Latin America, the Caribbean, and parts of Europe.

Slavery and the Law

(History Vault)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Digitized petitions on race, slavery and free blacks submitted to state legislatures and county courthouses from 1775-1867.

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: HeinOnline

Books and periodicals chronicling the legal history of slavery and abolition, as well laws and cases both in support and against slavery in the English speaking world from the 18th - early 20th century.

Virginia Company Archives

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Brings together archives of the Ferrar Family, including business records and business and non-business correspondence, as well as Records of the Virginia Company.

Vogue Archive

  • Popular Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Complete, searchable, full-text archive of American Vogue, including ads, 1892 - present

Women and Social Movements, Modern Empires since 1820

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Alexander Street Press

Includes documents related to the Habsburg Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the British, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, and United States Empires, and settler societies in the United States, New Zealand and Australia.

Women's Magazine Archive

  • Popular Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Full text of: Better Homes & Gardens (1922 to 2005), Chatelaine (1928 to 2005), Cosmopolitan (1926-2004), Essence (1970-2005), Good Housekeeping (1885 to 2005), Ladies' Home Journal (1885 to 2005), Parents (1926 to 2005), Redbook (1903 to 2005), Seventeen (1944-2005), WIN News (1975-2003), and Women's Day (1937-2001).

Women's Studies International

  • Scholarly Sources
  • Vendor: EBSCOhost

Citations and links to full text of scholarly books and articles on gender and women's studies.

Women's Wear Daily Archive

  • Popular Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Digitized full color scans of the entire archive including its supplements back to1910.

World's Fairs: A Global History of Expositions

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Documents relating to over 200 World’s Fairs from the Chrystal Palace in London to Montreal’s Expo ’67. Documents include artifacts, catalogs, diaries, government reports, periodicals, plans, pamphlets, postcards, programs, books, official records, and photographs and slides. Documents from the entire world, with a majority from Northern Europe, North America, Australia and East Asia.

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