Indexes journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations on the history and culture of the United States and Canada. Subjects include area studies, folklore, government, historiography, political science, popular culture, and urban history.
History - United States (1800-1861)
Major Research Tools
Time period covered: prehistory to present; publication coverage: 1954 to present.
Selective gateway to U.S. history Web resources. Also includes first-person, primary documents and teaching resources. Searchable by keyword or topic.
Skillman Library's links to major indexes and full-text collections covering multiple periods of United States history.
Other Suggested Research Tools
Full text of African American newspapers from the 19th century.
Collection of digitized African American newspapers from more than 35 states.
Digitized images from American magazines and journals that originated between 1741 and 1900. Includes general interest magazines, children's publications, women's magazines, and literary and professional journals.
Electronic collection of American books, pamphlets and broadsides published in the early part of the 19th century
Coverage: 1690-1876 (focus on 1700-1799)
Searchable, cover-to-cover reproductions of hundreds of U.S. historic newspapers. The publisher's web site includes a description of some of the key titles within this database.
Digitized collection of Spanish-language newspapers printed in the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries. Includes many titles published bilingually in Spanish and English.
Collection of primary sources for the study of American social history, featuring books and journals published primarily between 1850 and 1877.
Collection of documents related to the development of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, from 1741 to 1844. Includes community records, personal papers, visitors' accounts and maps.
Full text of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
Collection of primary sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the late colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century. Includes collections of slave narratives, Southern literature, and materials related to the church in the black community.
Collection of 85 documents from Missouri's state courts related to Dred and Harriet Scott's legal battle to be declared free from their owner.
Collection of over 9,000 print advertisements from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University. See Ad*Access for advertisements in Duke's collection from 1911-1955.
A collection containing full text access to currently unpublished papers of George Washington, James Madison, and John Adams.
Full text of Harper's Weekly with extensive indexing of articles, illustrations, and advertisements.
Collection of primary and secondary sources related to the history of Pittsburgh and the surrounding region from the 18th century to the early 20th century. The site includes over 300 books, nearly 600 maps, census schedules, and a timeline.
Harvard University Library digital collection of primary source materials (books, pamphlets, photographs, maps, manuscripts, diaries, etc.) providing a window into the lives of ordinary immigrants to the United States. Focus is on voluntary immigration in the 19th century.
Compilation of U.S. treaties, laws and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes from 1778 to 1971.
Full text of eleven decisions reflecting the Supreme Court's changing attitude toward race, from Scott v. Sanford to Brown v. Board of Education.
Hundreds of primary source documents, photographs, drawings, maps and other American history materials drawn from the holdings of the National Archives. Large collections on aviation and space, civil rights, Civil War, founders and founding documents, presidents, and World War II. Images can be used in papers and presentations.
Detailed election returns for all offices and all states.
Digitized documents from the Department of War, which was responsible for "Indian affairs, veteran affairs, naval affairs (until 1798), as well as militia and army matters."
Searchable full text of some Pennsylvania newspapers from 1831 to 1877.
Important documents from U.S. history (e.g., Treaty of Paris, Missouri Compromise) with brief background information and links to other relevant primary materials.
Extensive collection of pamphlets and leaflets relating to the anti-slavery struggle.
Newspaper editorials on the Kansas-Nebraska Bill (1854), the caning of Senator Charles Sumner (1856), the Dred Scott Case (1858), and John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry (1859). When complete the project will have at least one full run of editorials from each major political party in each state of the Union.
Small collection of books and pamphlets from the 19th century on slavery in the United States. Includes anti-slavery tracts and slave narratives.
Records of the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and the 1st-43rd United States Congresses.
Collection of primary sources that provide a context for understanding the place of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) in American culture. Includes representative antebellum texts related to Christianity, sentimental culture, anti-slavery, and minstrel shows as well as responses to the novel.
Digitized books, manuscripts, images, magazines, and catalogs from Harvard University libraries and museums on women in the U.S. economy from 1800-1930.