History Databases with Primary Sources

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A good source for 19th Century American History; includes newspapers on the Civil War and African Americans.

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Full-text 1728 to 1900 Most
African American Newspapers, 1827-1998

Newspapers digitized from 37 states chronicling African American experiences and influence in a variety of events from the early 19th through late 20th centuries.

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Full-text 1827 to 1998 None
American State Papers, 1789-1838

Collection of U.S. Congressional business after the Continental Congresses and before the U.S. Congressional Serial Set began.

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Full-text 1789 to 1838 All
Archive of Americana

A set of collections of digital documents representing American history and the growth of the nation (American State Papers, U.S. Congressional Serial Set and its maps, and a collection of Hispanic American Newspapers. Search all collections at one time,

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Full-text 1789 to 1980 All
Documenting the American South

A collection of primary source documents on Southern U.S. history, literature and culture.

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Full-text 1734 to current Most
Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980

Spanish and English language newspapers offering news, advertisements, opinion and more from across the nation reflecting contemporary thought and activity.

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Full-text 1808 to 1980 None
Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970

Historical Statistics

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CD ROMS: web-accessible 1600 to 1970 All
Los Angeles Times (Historical)

Archival issues and articles beginning with 1881. Issues published during the past twenty-four years are not available in this database. Check ProQuest or Factiva databases for the material not held in this collection.

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Full-text Archive None
Making of America Project (Cornell University)

A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction (19th century imprints). Focuses more on journal articles.

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Full-text 1850 to 1877 Most
Making of America Project (University of Michigan)

A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction (19th century imprints). Focuses more on books.

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Full-text 1850 to 1877 Most
Making of the Modern World

<p>Digitized texts from the Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature 1450-1914 provides access to over 62,000 primary source works on economics and business.</p>

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Full-text 1450 to 1914
New York Public Library Digital Library Collection

The Digital Library Collections provide the public with digital versions of books, manuscripts and photographs, representing a growing body of primary source material.

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Full-text 1800 to 1969 Most
New York Times (Historical Collection)

The New York Times Historical Collection provides full page and article images including the NY Daily Times (1851-1857). The most recent four years not included in this historical collection can be searched through ProQuest Direct, LexisNexis or Factiva.

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Full-text Archive None
OAIster

Access to thousands of digital texts, audio files, and images from open access archives.

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N/A current None
Sabin Americana, 1500-1926

Books, pamphlets, serials and other documents about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900's. Primary source materials on exploration, trade, colonialism, slavery and abolition, the western movement, Native Americans, military actions and much more.

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Full-text 1500 to 1926
San Diego Union Newspaper Archive

Collection of newspapers published in San Diego under various titles, including the San Diego Union.

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Full-text 1872 to 1983
Southern Historical Collection

Letters, diaries, papers of Southern Americans from 18th through mid-20th century.

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Full-text 1800s to 1950s Some
Times (London) digital archive 1785-1985

Provides access to the complete digital edition of The Times (London). The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.

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Full-text 1785 to 1985 None
U.S. Congressional Serial Set Maps

Early maps created in Congressional business are included in the U.S. Serial Set database, but most are to be found in this collection.

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Full-text 1817 to 1980 All
U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980

Business, legislation, debates and other activity of the from the beginning of the U.S. Congress on an extensive variety of topics including taxation, Native Americans, wars and elections. This digital collection is the equivalent of approximately 13,800

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Full-text 1817 to 1980 All
Victorian Women Writers Project

Features the works of British women from the Victorian period (1830-1910), including anthologies, novels, political pamphlets, religious tracts, children’s books, and volumes of poetry and verse drama.

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Full-text 1830 to 1910 None

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