The core database for this discipline is America: History and Life.
For assistance, contact research specialist Beth Patterson,, x3480.

Name Description Guide
Academic Search Premier

Interdisciplinary database of newspapers, magazines and journals, with full-text for a majority of the articles. Also includes a searchable file of images.

Accessible Archives

Primary source material and historic periodicals including African American Newspapers, Civil War materials, eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements, and genealogical records.

African American Historical Serials Collection

African American periodicals, annuals and reports published from 1829-1922 including materials from African American religious organizations and social service agencies.

African American Newspapers: The 19th Century

Complete texts of six African-American newspapers from the North, ranging from 1837 to 1860.

America’s Historical Newspapers

1690-1922 including Early American Newspapers Series 1, Series 2 and Series 3. Search full text & view scanned pages.

America, History and Life

Journal articles, dissertations and books published since 1964 on US and Canadian history; with abstracts.

Black Studies Center

Cross-searchable resources for research and teaching in Black Studies: Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, The HistoryMakers® Videos and full transcripts for interviews with 100 contemporary African Americans, International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP), historical black newspapers, and the Black Literature Index.

Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective

Contains the full text of selected articles from Northern and Southern American newspapers, Nov. 1860-April 1865.

Encyclopedia of Religion in America

“Explains the origins, development, adaptation, influence, and interrelations of the many faiths practiced, including major world religions, new religious sects, cults, and religious movements that originated or had an influence in the United States. “

Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History

Explores the events, policies, people, ideas, institutions, groups, and movements that have created and shaped political life in the United States; organized around seven time periods that correspond to key eras in American history.


Catalog of U.S.Government Publications. Documents from 1976 onward can be found in this catalog. Links to full text where available. (free website)

History Reference Center

Contains full text for more than 2,400 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books; full text for 135 leading history periodicals; historical documents, photos, maps and videos.


Full text database of over 300 journals; generally does not contain most recent materials. Most journals lack the last several years, but holdings are very deep, with many journals running back more than a hundred years.

Lexis-Nexis Academic

Selectively indexes, with full text, over 5700 publications in news, business, law and matters of popular interest, mostly from the last ten years.

New York Times Historical

Searchable full text/page images for the New York Times, 1851 – 2007.

Nineteenth Century Masterfile

Indexes to magazines and books of the 19th century (1800-1899).

Pennsylvania Gazette

Text and images from one of the major and longest-running newspapers of 18th century America. Covers 1728-1800, with additional excerpts from The Pennsylvania Packet after 1766. ( Choose Pennsylvania Gazette from the menu when connected. )

ProQuest Congressional

Indexing and text of a variety of sources pertaining to US government, including many Congressional publications. Coverage extends back 7 to 20 years.

Reader’s Guide Retrospective

Indexes popular topics in older issues of popular journals. Covers 1890 through 1983.

Salem History Online

Full text of Modern Scandals and The Decades (American in the Nineties, etc), dictionary/encyclopedia of historical trend topics.

Social Science Citation Index

ISI’s Social Science Citation Index covers more than 1,725 journals across 50 disciplines, 1992-present.


Comprehensive index of journals, books, conference papers, and other content related to sociology and all sub-disciplines

Statistical Abstract of the United States

A comprehensive collection of statistics related to social, political and economic conditions in the United States.  Published annually by the government since 1878; as of 2013 published by Proquest.  Updated monthly.

Web Sites

The core database for this discipline is America: History and Life.
For assistance, contact research specialist Beth Patterson,, x3480.

  • NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship)

    NINES “is a scholarly organization devoted to forging links between the material archive of the nineteenth century and the digital research environment of the twenty-first.”

  • Online Books by United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary
  • A New Nation Votes

    Election results from early elections.

  • American Black Journal

    From Detroit Public Television

  • American Founders Online: An Annotated Guide to Their Papers and Publications

    Online access to many of the founding Fathers’ writings, from the Library of Congress.

  • American Memory Project from the Library of Congress

    Links to numerous primary documents, audio recordings, images and more. Browse by topic of search by keyword.

  • American President: Resource on the U.S. Presidents

    From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, an excellent reference source for US presidents, with biographical and professional information and loads of links to more resources.

  • American Studies @ The University of Virginia

    A host of links concerning Ethnicity, Gender, Literature, Popular Culture, and other topics relating to American culture. U. of Virginia.

  • Avalon Project

    “The Avalon Project will mount digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. We do not intend to mount only static text but rather to add value to the text by linking to supporting documents expressly referred to in the body of the text. “

  • Black Abolitionist Archive

    “The Black Abolitionist Digital Archive is a collection of over 800 speeches by antebellum blacks and approximately 1,000 editorials from the period. These important documents provide a portrait of black involvement in the anti-slavery movement; scans of these documents are provided as images and PDF files. “

  • Boston African Americana Project
  • Bracero History Archive
  • Broadside Verses Collection – Enoch Pratt Free Library

    “The Broadside Verses provide a unique look into life in 19th century America, especially life in Maryland between 1860 and 1865, when the country was in turmoil, and immediately after the Civil War. Most of these verses have a political message, but others – advertisements, love songs, temperance songs, ballads about life and death – show what life was like for Marylanders and other Americans after the Civil War, providing insight into the American character and personality.”

  • Calisphere – A World of Digital Resources

    Documents related to California history. From the University of California.

  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

    Search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

  • City Mayors – Mayors Running the World’s Cities
  • Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
  • Collections Search Center, Smithsonian Institution
  • Commission on Presidential Debates

    The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the United States presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates. The organization, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan , 501(c)(3) corporation, sponsored all the presidential debates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008.

  • County and City Data Books

    This resource provides access to the 1944 through 2000 County and City Data Books. This service provides the opportunity to create custom printouts and/or customized data subsets (subsets only available for 1988-2000).

  • Court Listener

    This site was created by Michael Lissner as part of a masters thesis at the University of California, Berkeley School of Information. Michael was advised by Assistant Professor, Brian Carver. The goal of the site is to create a free and competitive real time alert tool for the U.S. judicial system.
    “At present, the site has daily information regarding all precedential opinions issued by the 13 federal circuit courts and the Supreme Court of the United States. Each day, we also have the non-precedential opinions from all of the Circuit courts except the D.C. Circuit. “

  • DATABASES: Library of Congress E-Resources Online Catalog

    “The Library of Congress E-Resources Online Catalog is a catalog for discovering and gaining access to electronic research tools (e-resources). The catalog includes licensed resources and free resources on the Web recommended by our reference staff.”

  • Digital Harlem: Everyday Life 1915-1930

    “The Digital Harlem website presents information, drawn from legal records, newspapers and other archival and published sources, about everyday life in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood in the years 1915-1930.”

  • Digital History (U.S.)

    A collaborative effort to provide digital access to secondary and primary materials in U.S. history.

  • Digital Library of American Slavery

    “The Digital Library offers a searchable database of detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color.”

  • Digital Library of Appalachia

    The Digital Library of Appalachia provides online access to archival and historical materials related to “the culture of the southern and central Appalachian region.”

  • Dirksen Congressional Center: [Historical Collections] Everett M. Dirksen, Newsletters: Congressional Front, 1933-46

    From his first week in office in the House of Representatives through 1946, Congressman Everett Dirksen personally composed and typed weekly newsletters (while Congress was in session) to his constituents in central Illinois. Congressional Front, as it was called, covered the personalities, politics, and policies of Congress and the federal government.

  • Documenting the American South

    DocSouth provides access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. From the University Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Doris Duke Collection

    “Duke Collection of American Indian Oral History online provides access to typescripts of interviews (1967 -1972) conducted with hundreds of Indians in Oklahoma regarding the histories and cultures of their respective nations and tribes.”

  • Early Americas Digital Archive

    Electronic texts written in or about the Americas from 1492 to around 1820. Maryland Institute for Technology supports EADA.

  • Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

    A joint effort by Case Western Reserve University and the Western Reserve Historical Society

  • Encyclopedia Virginia
  • EuroDocs

    “These links connect to European primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. They shed light on key historical happenings within the respective countries and within the broadest sense of political, economic, social and cultural history. The order of documents is chronological wherever possible.
    These open access sources are readily available to all — without fees or subscriptions.”

  • European Union Internet Resources – Berkeley Library
  • Famous Firsts by African Americans

    List of firsts by African Americans.

  • FBI Records – The Vault

    The Vault is our new electronic reading room, containing more than 3,000 documents that have been scanned from paper into digital copies so you can read them in the comfort of your home or office.

  • FedFlix : Free Movies : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

    Welcome to FedFlix, Joint Venture NTIS-1832 between the National Technical Information Service and Public.Resource.Org. Here we feature the best movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors, all of these fine flix are available for reuse without any restrictions whatsoever.

  • Free at Last? Slavery in Pittsburgh in the 18th and 19th Centuries

    From the University of Pittsburgh, based on the exhibition created by Robert Hill and exhibited at the Heinz History Center from October 25, 2008 to April 5, 2009.

  • Freedom in the 50 States

    “This study comprehensively ranks the American states on their public policies that affect individual freedoms in the economic, social, and personal spheres.” From the George Mason MERCATUS Center

  • G. Robert Vincent Voice Library

    The Voice Library began as the private collection of G. Robert Vincent. Vincent, who was born in 1900, was a noted sound engineer and pioneer in the field of recorded sound….At the time of his retirement in 1973, the collection had grown to include recordings of the voices of over 30,000 persons from all walks of life.

  • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum
  • GovPulse

    “To the average US citizen it can often seem that their government works in leaps and bounds, with new legislation or debates on legislation leaping to the fore. Yet every day the thousands of employees of the U.S Government go to work for the people of the country. Each day agencies release hundreds of proposed rules and regulations, meeting notices, final rules, and changes to existing rules in the form of the Federal Register. However in their current format they are difficult to find and to process in meaningful ways.

    GovPulse was built to address this problem and open the doors of government to the people they work for. By making such documents as the Federal Register searchable, more accessible and easier to digest, GovPulse seeks to encourage every citizen to become more involved in the workings of their government and make their voice heard on the things that matter to them, from the smallest to the largest issues.”

  • HaithiTrust

    HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. There are more than sixty partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide.

  • Harlem History

    Images and text collected and digitized by Columbia University.

  • Historical Census Browser

    “In addition to basic counts of population and housing units, all decades contain information on race, gender, and some measure of household size and composition. Beginning with 1840, some economic characteristics such as education and occupation are included. Later decades have many variables, including ancestry, literacy, and income variables. In a few cases, the census data were augmented with information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Council of Churches of Christ.”

  • History News Network – from George Mason University

    “The concept behind HNN is simple: We provide historians with a national platform so that they can help shape public debates about vital issues in the news. Every Monday we feature a dozen new articles on the latest news and trends. In our ten years we have published more than 5,000 original articles. Most are written by PhDs.”

  • HistoryMakers Digital Media Archive

    310 African American video oral history interviews. Requires free registration. A Collaboration between The HistoryMakers and Carnegie Mellon University Informedia Project.

  • Immigration to the US, 1789-1930

    “Immigration to the US, 1789-1930 is a web-based collection of selected historical materials from Harvard’s libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the United States from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression. For Internet users worldwide, Immigration to the US provides unparalleled, free and open digital access to a significant selection of unique source materials—more than 410,000 pages, 100 individually cataloged maps, and 7,800 photographs.”

  • Internet Archive

    3 million out of copyright texts, music, video and more!

  • Jack Rabin Collection on Alabama Civil Rights and Southern Activists

    “The Jack Rabin Collection on Alabama Civil Rights and Southern Activists is a compact but highly complex, multi-layered compilation of documents, sound recordings, and visual images.”

  • JFK Presidential Library and Museum – Digital Archives

    The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum collects, preserves, and makes available primary-source materials, in all formats, pertaining to the life and times of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. The Library’s holdings include the papers of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy, and Rose Kennedy, as well as close to 400 other collections: those of Kennedy family members, Kennedy administration officials and associates, and pertinent individuals, authors, and institutions.

  • JURIST – The Chicago Seven

    1969-70 trial of seven radicals accused of conspiring to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

  • LGBT Religious Archives Network

    Rich gateway to archival resources documenting religious life and history of LGBT persons.

  • Library – Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

    Provides full text access to a selection of intelligence documents. The Historical Collection and Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room contain historical documents.

  • Lincolniana at Brown
  • Lowcountry Digital Library

    “Primary sources from private and educational/cultural institutions focused on South Carolina history and culture.”

  • Map Collection: University of Chicago Library
  • Mapping the Measure of America
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute

    Include the King Papers.

  • MetaLib Search

    Search across multiple government databases.

  • MetroTrends | Urban Institute’s report card on social and economic trends in urban America
  • NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom

    Library of Congress Exhibition

  • National Archives

    Exhaustive index to archives housed by the National Archives in Washington DC. Some fulltext online access available.

  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service NCJRS

    Topical index to National Criminal Justice documents, information.

  • National League of Cities

    “The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents.”

  • National Security Archive

    “An independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. “

  • Native American Rights Fund, National Indian Law Library
  • New Jersey Information – From NJ State Library

    N.J. Digital Collections, N.J. Genealogy, N.J. Legal Resources, N.J. Newspapers, N.J. Searchable Publications, N.J. State Databases, N.J. by Topic, State of New Jersey Website

  • New York Heritage is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and others who are interested in the Empire State’s history.

  • New York Public Library Research Centers

    List locations of research centers. These centers offer online collections

  • NJDARM – New Jersey Archives

    Over 7,100 images from our photograph and manuscript collections are presented below and in our Documentary Treasures area. Consult the Guide to Reproduction and Research Services, Policies and Fees for information on reproduction of these and other images available from the New Jersey State Archives.

    Military and Wartime Activities
    Cultural Resources and Historical Geography
    Governors’ Documents and Institutional Records
    County and Municipal Records
    Family Papers and Non-Governmental Organizations

  • Nuremberg Trial Project – A Digital Document Collection

    The Harvard Law School Library has approximately one million pages of documents relating to the trial of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany before the International Military Tribunal (IMT) and to the twelve trials of other accused war criminals before the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals (NMT).

    The documents, which include trial transcripts, briefs, document books, evidence files, and other papers, have been studied by lawyers, scholars, and other researchers in the areas of history, ethics, genocide, and war crimes, and are of particular interest to officials and students of current international tribunals involving war crimes and crimes against humanity.

  • OHIO HISTORY Online Portal
  • Papers of the War Department

    Early War Department papers lost due to fire have been reassembled by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. Invaluable source materials for research.

  • Peace Corps Digital Library
  • Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project

    Digitized texts of “more than one hundred years of [4] Jewish newspapers published in Pittsburgh” (1895-1975).

  • Political Graveyard: Search

    “A database of political history and cemeteries, with brief biographical entries for 224,230 U.S. political figures, living and dead, from the 1700s to the present.”

  • Pop History Dig

    “A collection of short stories about popular culture – its history, its people, and its power.”

  • Regional Economic Conditions RECON

    40,000+ charts, maps and tables of data at the state, MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) and county level economic data.

  • Repositories of Primary Sources

    A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar. Links to many online archives.

  • Rotunda – Founders Early Access

    Online access to early American documents.

  • Sid Lapidus Collection on Liberty and the American Revolution

    Digitized collection of approx. 180 primary source materials on ” the intellectual origins of the American Revolution; the Revolution itself; the early years of the republic; the resulting spread of democratic ideas in the Atlantic world; and the effort to abolish the slave trade in both Great Britain and the United States.” Part of the Princeton University Digital Library

  • Slavery & Abolition in the US

    Select Publications of the 1800s that “digital collection of books and pamphlets that demonstrate the varying ideas and beliefs about slavery.” Run by Dickinson College & Millersville University

  • Southern Education Foundation – publications

    “The Southern Education Foundation (SEF) works to advance creative solutions to ensure fairness and excellence in education for all.” Publications date back to the 1950’s

  • States Perform

    “States Perform provides users with access to interactive, customizable and up-to-date comparative performance measurement data for 50 states in six key areas: fiscal and economic, public safety and justice, energy and environment, transportation, health and human services, and education. “

  • Texas Slavery Project

    The Texas Slavery Project examines the spread of American slavery into the borderlands between the United States and Mexico in the decades between 1820 and 1850.

  • The Constitution Project

    “The Constitution Project (TCP) brings together unlikely allies—experts and practitioners from across the political spectrum—in order to promote and safeguard America’s founding charter. TCP is working to reform the nation’s broken criminal justice system and to strengthen the rule of law through scholarship, consensus policy reforms, advocacy, and public education.”

  • The King Center

    “Established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century. “

  • Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University

    “The Theodore Roosevelt Center is dedicated to preserving the legacy of America’s 26th president. The Center has undertaken the monumental task of creating a presidential digital library that will serve as a repository for all Roosevelt-related documents, photographs, and ephemera, providing instant access via the internet in a well-organized, comprehensible manner. “

  • Veterans History Project (Library of Congress)

    The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

  • Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

    Not all documents in the collection have been digitized, but many have.

  • Working Women, 1800-1930

    “Women Working is a digital exploration of women’s impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression. Working conditions, workplace regulations, home life, costs of living, commerce, recreation, health and hygiene, and social issues are among the issues documented in this online research collection from Harvard University.

    The collection features approximately 650,000 digitized pages and nearly 1,500 images images, including:

    3,000 pages of manuscripts and personal papers, and 7,000 pages of institutional records;
    more than 3,100 individually cataloged books, magazines, and trade catalogs; and
    well over 1,400 photographs.”

  • World Criminal Justice Library Electronic Network

    1. To develop specific ways of sharing services and criminal justice information on a global scale.
    2. To enhance communication among WCJLN members

  • Writing in College – A Short Guide to College Writing

    From the University of Chicago