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- America: History and Life
America: History and Life provides abstracts and citations from reviews and dissertations about the history and culture of the United States and Canada from the earliest recorded times to the present. See Historical Abstracts for world history. Coverage: 1964-. Format: Articles: Journals or Newspapers
A full-text database of archived issues of academic journals. Since JSTOR is a backfiles project, a typical coverage range is the beginning of a journal until three or five years ago. Supported in part by the Dail Endowment Fund. Coverage: Varies. Format: Articles: Journals or Newspapers
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- America: History and Life
America: History and Life provides abstracts and citations from reviews and dissertations about the history and culture of the United States and Canada from the earliest recorded times to the present. See Historical Abstracts for world history. Coverage: 1964-.
A full-text database of archived issues of academic journals. Since JSTOR is a backfiles project, a typical coverage range is the beginning of a journal until three or five years ago. Supported in part by the Dail Endowment Fund. Coverage: Varies.
Encyclopedias & Reference (4)
- Cambridge Histories
Cambridge Histories is the essential reference collection spanning 350 volumes in 10 subject areas.
- European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750
Bibliography only, no full text. This database is derived from the seminal reference work "European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed in Europe Relating to the Americas, 1493-1750," commonly known as the Alden-Landis bibliography (after the co-editors John Alden and Dennis Landis). Features works produced in Europe that make some mention of the discovery and emerging awareness of the Americas. A wide range of subject areas are covered, from natural disasters to disease outbreaks and slavery.
- Oxford Handbooks Online: History
Online access to the Oxford Handbooks series in History. Each handbook takes an aspect of its discipline, explains the key issues, the classic and contemporary debates on those issues, and describes how those debates might evolve. The handbooks offer authoritative and trustworthy guides to the scholarship that defines the field.
- Salem Press Online
Reference content focusing on history and government.
- Music Online: American Music
This streaming music database includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Includes songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more.
Primary Sources--Documents & Manuscripts (34)
The world’s largest online family history resource provides instant access to hundreds of years of history in billions of historical documents and millions of historical photos from all over the world.
- Black Economic Empowerment: The National Negro Business League
Booker T. Washington, founder of the National Negro Business League, believed that solutions to the problem of racial discrimination were primarily economic, and that bringing African Americans into the middle class was the key. In 1900, he established the League "to promote the commercial and financial development of the Negro," and headed it until his death. Coverage: 1901-1928.
- Black Nationalism and the Revolutionary Action Movement: The Papers of Muhammad Ahmad (Max Stanford)
This collection of records reproduces the writings and statements of the Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM) and its leaders. It also covers organizations that evolved from or were influenced by RAM and persons that had close ties to RAM. Source Library: Personal Collection of Dr. Muhammad Ahmad. Coverage: 1962-1999.
- Civil War in Words and Deeds, The
Collection of regimental histories and personal narratives. These first-person accounts, compiled in the postwar period and early 20th Century, chronicle army life during the American Civil War. Source Library: Lost Cause Press. Coverage: 1860-1865.
- Civil War Service Reports of Union Army Generals
These reports represent an attempt by the Adjutant General's Office to obtain more complete records of the service of the various Union generals serving in the Civil War. The Adjutant General requested that each such general submit "a succinct account of your military history." Source Library: U.S. National Archives. Coverage: 1864-1887.
- Early American Imprints, Series I & II (combined)
An electronic version of the Early American Imprints sets. Combined search of both the Evans collection and the Shaw & Shoemaker collection. Coverage: 1639-1819.
- Early American Imprints, Series I. Evans (1639-1800)
An electronic version of the Early American Imprints set. Includes the full text of all known existing books, pamphlets, and broadsides published in the Thirteen Colonies or the United States between 1639 and 1800. Periodical and newspaper articles are not included. Coverage: 1639-1800.
- Early American Imprints, Series II. Shaw/Shoemaker (1801-1819)
An electronic version of the Early American Imprints set. Includes the full text of 36,000 books, pamphlets, and broadsides published in the United States between 1801 and 1819. Periodical and newspaper articles are not included. Coverage: 1801-1819.
- Federal Response to Radicalism in the 1960s
This collection covers a wide range of viewpoints on political, social, cultural, and economic issues. It sheds light on internal organization, personnel, and activities of some of the most prominent American radical groups and their movements to change American government and society. Organized alphabetically by organization. Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation Library. Coverage: 1956-1971.
- Federal Surveillance of African Americans, 1920-1984
Between the 1920s & 1980s, the Justice Department and the FBI engaged in widespread investigation of those deemed politically suspect. This collection includes source materials for the major social movements and key figures in early twentieth century black history, and provides a window into the development of America’s first systematic domestic surveillance apparatus. Source Library: Federal Bureau of Investigation Library. Coverage: 1920-1984.
- Fight for Racial Justice and the Civil Rights Congress
The Civil Rights Congress (CRC) was formed in 1946 by a merger of three groups with ties to the Communist Party: the International Labor Defense, the National Negro Congress, and the National Federation for Constitutional Liberties. The records in this collection represent the files of the national office of the CRC, including case files, publications, correspondence, etc. Coverage: 1946-1955.
- Gale Primary Sources
Combined interface for searching three primary-source databases simultaneously: Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO), The Making of the Modern World, and British Library Newspapers 1800-1900.
- Greensboro Massacre, 1979: Shootout between the American Nazis and the Communist Workers Party
On November 3, 1979, a rally of black industrial workers and Communists was planned in Greensboro, North Carolina, against the Ku Klux Klan. During the rally, a caravan of Klansmen and members of the American Nazi Party drove by the area where the anti-Klan activists were congregating. The confrontation led to gunfire and the deaths of five protest marchers. This collection of documents from the FBI, local and state police, and other law enforcement agencies sheds new light on the motivations of the Communist organizers, the shootings, subsequent investigations, and efforts to heal the Greensboro community. Coverage: 1979-1981.
- Indian Trade in the Southeastern Spanish Borderlands: Papers of Panton, Leslie and Company
Comprises more than 8,000 legal, political and diplomatic documents of the Panton, Leslie & Co. trading firm. For many years Panton, Leslie & Co. dominated trade with the Creeks and Seminoles. They eventually captured much of the trade with the Choctaws and Chickasaws, and were important in the trade with the Cherokees. The partners harbored antipathy toward America and used their influence with the Indians to advance Spanish territorial claims against the U.S. and to encourage the Indians to resist white settlers and American attempts to acquire land from the tribes. Source Library: University of West Florida. Coverage: 1763-1901.
- Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees: The West's Response to Jewish Emigration
The Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees (IGCR) was organized in London in August 1938 as a result of the Evian Conference of July 1938, which had been called by President Roosevelt to consider the problem of racial, religious, and political refugees from central Europe. Source Library: U.S. National Archives. Coverage: 1938-1947.
- James Meredith, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Integration of the University of Mississippi
This collection contains extensive FBI documentation on James Meredith’s battle to enroll at the University of Mississippi in 1962 and the white political and social backlash, including his correspondence with the NAACP and positive and negative letters he received from around the world during his ordeal. Source Library: Federal Bureau of Investigation Library. Coverage: 1961-1962.
- Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954
Based on a variety of original manuscript collections from the American Jewish Historical Society in New York, this resource offers insights into the everyday lives of the American Jewish population over three centuries. The database includes documents and manuscripts; full-color, searchable images; interactive maps with historical census data; biographies; essays; and an interactive chronology. Materials can be organized and viewed by key themes, such as business & industry, civil rights, politics, everyday life, culture & the arts, etc. Coverage: 1654-1954.
- Literature, Culture and Society in Depression Era America: Archives of the Federal Writers’ Project
The Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) was the most controversial and contentious program of the Depression-era's Work Projects Administration, recognizing that journalists, playwrights and novelists were also unemployed. This collection presents the FWP publications of all 47 states involved in the project. Coverage: 1933-1943.
- Making of America
19th century journals and books from the United States. Coverage: 1800-1900.
- Making of the Modern World
Digital facsimile images of primary sources that track the development of the modern, western world through the lens of trade and wealth from the period 1450-1914. Full-text searching across works in the areas of history, political science, social conditions, technology and industry, economics, area studies and more. Coverage: 1450-1914.
- Mountain People: Life and Culture in Appalachia
This collection consists of the diaries, journals, and narratives of explorers, emigrants, military men, Native Americans, and travelers. In addition, there are accounts on the development of farming and mining communities, family histories, and folklore. These accounts provide information on the social, political, economic, scientific, religious and agricultural characteristics of the Appalachian region. Coverage: 1700-1950.
- Newspapers.com: North Carolina Collection
Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection containing 3.5 million pages of digitized content from over 1,000 NC county newspapers.
- North American Women's Letters and Diaries
Includes the full text of diaries and letters of women who lived in the United States and Canada from colonial times until 1950. Coverage: 1675-1949.
- Personal Justice Denied: Public Hearings of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment, 1981
This publication consists of the testimony and documents from more than 750 witnesses: Japanese Americans and Aleuts who had lived through the events of WWII, former government officials who ran the internment program, public figures, internees, organizations such as the Japanese American Citizens League, interested citizens, historians, and other professionals who had studied the subjects of the Commission’s inquiry. Many of the transcripts are personal stories of experiences of evacuees. Coverage: 1981.
- Price Control in the Courts: The U.S. Emergency Court of Appeals, 1941-1961
This collection provides a unique look into the creation and activities of the temporary Emergency Court of Appeals, established by Congress and given exclusive jurisdiction to determine the validity of price control regulations under the Emergency Price Control Act of 1942. Coverage: 1941-1961.
- ProQuest Executive Branch Documents
ProQuest Executive Branch Documents contains documents produced by Federal government departments, agencies, and commissions, spanning the years from our nation's founding through the mid-20th century. These documents touch upon all aspects of U.S. social, political, and economic life, as well as major events in U.S. history, and provide points of comparison between the U.S, and selected foreign countries. Coverage: 1789-1948.
- Records of the Persian Gulf War
This collection contains materials related to the diplomatic and military response by the United States (as part of a multi-national force) to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990. Source Library: George H.W. Bush Presidential Library. Coverage: 1990-1991.
- Republic of New Afrika: Independence, Reparations, and Citizenship
This collection provides documentation collected by the FBI and chronicles the activities of the social movement organization The Republic of New Afrika (RNA), including activities of national and local leaders, power struggles within the organization, its growing militancy, and its affiliations with other Black militant organizations. Source Library: Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquarters Library. Coverage: 1968-1980.
- Southern Negro Youth Congress and the Communist Party: Papers of James and Esther Cooper Jackson
Contains clippings, correspondence, James Jackson's lectures, research notebooks, speeches, and writings (published and unpublished), internal documents pertaining to the Southern Negro Youth Congress and to Freedomways, materials pertaining to the Smith Act indictments of Jackson and other communists, Communist Party internal documents, and memorabilia and other biographical materials. Source Library: Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, New York University. Coverage: 1932-2000.
- Tiananmen Square and U.S.-China Relations, 1989-1993
This digital collection reviews U.S.-China relations in the post-Cold War Era, and analyzes the significance of the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations, China’s human rights issues, and resumption of World Bank loans to China in July 1990. Source Library: George H.W. Bush Presidential Library. Coverage: 1989-1993.
- U.S. Relations with the Vatican and the Holocaust, 1940-1950
Correspondence, reports and analyses, memos of conversations, and personal interviews exploring such themes as U.S.-Vatican relations, the Vatican's role in World War II, Jewish refugees, Italian anti-Jewish laws during the papacy of Pius XII, and the pope's personal knowledge of the treatment of European Jews. Source Library: U.S. National Archives. Coverage: 1940-1950.
- War Department and Indian Affairs, 1800-1824
Until the Bureau of Indian Affairs was established in 1824, Indian affairs were under the control of the Secretary of War. This collection includes letters to and from the War Department, including correspondence from Indian superintendents, territorial & state governors, military commanders, Indians, missionaries, and other public and private individuals. Additional attachments include vouchers, receipts, depositions, contracts, newspapers, copies of speeches, passports for travel in the Indian country, etc. Source Library: U.S. National Archives Coverage: 1800-1824.
- We Were Prepared for the Possibility of Death: Freedom Riders in the South, 1961
Freedom Riders rode interstate buses into the segregated South to test the U.S. Supreme Court decision in <i>Boynton v. Virginia</i>, which outlawed racial segregation in terminals serving buses that crossed state lines. The Freedom Rides bolstered the credibility of the Civil Rights Movement and called national attention to violent disregard for the law in the southern United States. Source Library: Federal Bureau of Investigation Library. Coverage: 1961.
- Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600 to 2000
Includes primary documents, books, images, scholarly essays, book reviews, Web site reviews, and teaching tools, all documenting the multiplicity of women’s activism in public life. Also includes a searchable online edition of the highly respected research tool "Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary" (5 volumes, 1971–2004), fully integrated into the broader Women & Social Movements database.
Primary Sources--Historical Newspapers & Periodicals (13)
- Accessible Archives
Accessible Archives contains diverse primary source materials reflecting broad views across American history and culture.
- African American Newspapers, Series 1
Searchable collection of 270 newspapers from 36 states, offering insights into African-American history, culture, and daily life. Includes page images. Coverage: 1827-1998.
- African American Newspapers, Series 2
Series 2 contains more than 75 newspapers from 22 states, all written for or by African Americans. Key titles include Frederick Douglass’s New National Era, Washington Tribune, Chicago Bee, The Louisianian, The Pine and Palm, National Anti-Slavery Standard, New York Age, Harlem Liberator, North Carolina Republican and Civil Rights Advocate, Southern News and many others. Coverage: 1835-1956.
- America's Historical Newspapers
Searchable database of hundreds of historical newspapers, including page images from microfilm. WFU access includes both the Early American Newspapers Series 1 (1690-1876) and African-American Newspapers (1827-1998). Tip: If the link is only searching the African-American Newspapers collection, look for the link to Search "All of America's Historical Newspapers" at the top of the database screen. Coverage: 1690-1876, 1827-1998.
- American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection
A collection of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912. Documents the life of America's people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction.
- American Historical Periodicals Series 1-5
Journals, periodicals, and magazines documenting the American people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the twentieth century.
- C19: The Nineteenth Century Index
Covers books and periodicals of the 19th century. Corresponds to or provides indexing for: Poole's Index to Periodical Literature, Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue, American Periodicals Series, Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, ArchivesUSA, and Palmer's Index to the Times. Coverage: 1800-1900.
- Confederate Newspapers: A Collection from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and Alabama
This collection is a mixture of issues and papers from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and Alabama ranging from 1861-1865. These newspapers "recorded the real and true history of public opinion during the war." Coverage: 1860-1865.
- Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers: Perspectives on Day-to-Day Life
One of the darker chapters in American history and one of the lesser-discussed events of World War II was the forced internment, during the war, of persons of Japanese descent. This collection, consisting of 25 individual titles, documents day-to-day life in the internment camps. Most of the papers are in English or in dual text. Sample titles include the Rohwer Outpost, Poston Chronicle, Gila News Courier, Tulean Dispatch, Granada Pioneer, Minndoka Irrigator, Topaz Times, Manzanar Free Press, Denson Tribune, and Heart Mountain Sentinel. Source Library: Library of Congress. Coverage: 1942-1945.
- Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers
Includes hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers. For each issue, the newspaper is captured from cover-to-cover, providing access to every article, advertisement and illustration. Coverage: 1801-1899.
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Contains seven newspapers back to their first issues: New York Times (1851-three years ago), Chicago Tribune (1849-1985), and Wall Street Journal (1889-1989), Christian Science Monitor (1908-2002), New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993), Pittsburgh Courier (1950-2002) , Washington Post (1877-1997). More recent issues are available through other databases, such as ProQuest. Includes advertisements, illustrations, etc. as they were laid out on the original page. Coverage: 1849-three years ago.
- Southern Literary Messenger: Literature of the Old South
The Southern Literary Messenger enjoyed an impressive thirty-year run and was in its time the South’s most important literary periodical. Scholars and students of history, journalism, and literature can discern much about how the hot-button topics of slavery and secession were presented in southern intellectual and literary culture in the early stages of the Civil War. Coverage: 1834-1864.
- Through the Camera Lens: The Moving Picture World and the Silent Cinema Era, 1907-1927
For those within the film industry, information and opinion were shaped by a number of aggressive trade publications, each competing for the same limited number of subscribers. Chief among these was the Moving Picture World, which reviewed current releases and published news, features, and interviews relating to all aspects of the industry. Coverage: 1907-1927.
Primary Sources--Other (2)
Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.
Rotunda was created for the publication of original digital scholarship along with newly digitized critical and documentary editions in the humanities and social sciences.
Statistics & Data (2)
- Historical Statistics of the United States
Over 30,000 data series covering all aspects of American life. View tables in HTML or PDF and create your own custom charts. Gift of the George W. Paschal Endowment Fund. Coverage: Colonial period-present.
- Voting and Elections
The Voting & Elections Collection from CQ Press contains in-depth data about U.S. Presidential, Congressional, and Gubernatorial campaigns and elections, historical and modern. Data export tools allow for customized data downloads for statistical analysis. Also includes information about voter demographics and political parties. Coverage: 1789-2012.