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Developed by dedicated instructors and students of American history, Accessible Archives provides access to diverse primary source materials reflecting broad views across American history and culture. Eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements, and genealogical records have been assembled into comprehensive collections from leading books, newspapers and periodicals. Collections include:
African American Newspapers
America and World War I: American Military Camp Newspapers, Parts I and II
American County Histories
Anatomy of Protest in America
The Canadian Observer, 1914-1919
The Civil War Collection
Frank Leslie's Weekly
Godey's Lady's Book Complete Collection (Parts I-IX)
America: History & Life with Full Text is the definitive database of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. With selective selective indexing for 1,700 journals from 1955 to present, this database is without question the most important bibliographic reference tool for students and scholars of U.S. and Canadian history. America: History & Life with Full Text also provides full-text coverage of more than 200 journals and nearly 100 books.
Resources and databases of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Offers full text access to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register from 1847 to 1994, genealogies, vital records of many New England towns, military records, and church records. Will be updated regularly. Requires username and password. Please contact library staff for assistance. The simultaneous user limit for this resource may result in temporary delays.
With more than one and a half billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land, and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists; primary-source document images (including the US Federal census); and a variety of genealogical research features. Further highlights are: An Immigration Collection that includes the New York Passenger Lists for 1820-1891; The American Genealogical-Biographical Index; The Civil War Research Database; the Civil War Service Records and the Civil War Pension Index; The Social Security Death Index; Massachusetts Town Vital Records Collection; Texas Land Title Abstracts; World War I Draft Registration Cards; World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas; Public Member Trees; U.S. City Directories; and School Lesson Plans.
This collection makes available for research the records of the Iglesia Presbiteriana-Reformada en Cuba (IPRC) and predecessor Presbyterian churches and missions in Cuba, including a complete run of Heraldo Cristiano, the churchs newsletter, 19192010, which provides a framework for the history of the church. Also included are the periodicals Juprecu and Su Voz, early mission records, originally maintained in English and then in Spanish as the congregations took over management of their churches and schools from the mission workers. These include session minutes and membership/baptism/marriage/death records, as well as minutes of men's, womens, and youth groups, including their mission work in their communities.
Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection presents a digital collection of historical content pertaining to U.S. Hispanic history, literature and culture. The holdings are a great resource for Hispanic literature and culture scholars. This collection accurately conveys the creative life of U.S. Hispanics, and sheds new light on the intellectual vigor and traditional values that have characterized Hispanics from the earliest moments of American history through contemporary times.
Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 1 includes:
60,000 historical articles
Hundreds of political and religious pamphlets and broadsides
Complete texts of over 1,100 historical books of Hispanic literature, political commentary and culture
Content written in Spanish (80%) and English (20%)
Content indexed and searchable in Spanish and English
Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project
Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection draws its content from the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, the largest national project ever to locate, preserve and disseminate Hispanic culture of the United States in its written form since colonial times until 1960. The project functions under the direction of Dr. Nicolás Kanellos, founder and director of Arte Público Press, the oldest and largest publisher of U.S. Hispanic literature, and geographically covers all fifty states of the Union.
An index to nearly 12 million biographical sketches in more than 2,700 volumes and editions of current and retrospective reference books, covering both contemporary and historical figures throughout the world. Searching Biography and Genealogy Master Index enables you to quickly determine which publication to consult for biographical information. For each individual, BGMI provides name, date of birth (and death), and the names and dates of biographical source publications that contain information about the individual. Use Thomson Gale PowerSearch to search across multiple Gale collections of periodical, book, and reference content. The simultaneous user limit for this resource may result in temporary delays.
Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876 is the largest online collection of 18th- and 19th-century newspapers published in this region and provides a comprehensive primary resource for studying the development of Western society and international relations within this important group of islands. This unique resource is essential for researching colonial history, the Atlantic slave trade, international commerce, New World slavery and U.S. relations with the region as far back as the early 18th century. Created in cooperation with the American Antiquarian Society—one of the world's largest and most important newspaper repositories—this collection provides students and scholars with easy access to more than 150 years of Caribbean and Atlantic history, cultures and daily life. Featuring more than 140 newspapers from 22 islands, this resource chronicles the region’s evolution across two centuries through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative information, letters, poetry, advertisements, obituaries and other news items. Most of these newspapers were published in the English language, but a number of Spanish-, French-, and Danish-language titles are also provided. Countries represented include Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guadaloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, St. Bartholomew, St. Christopher, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Tobago, Trinidad, and the Virgin Islands. Also found within this resource are newspapers from Bermuda, an island not technically part of the Caribbean, but situated on shipping routes between Europe and this region and integrally related to this region.
Founded in 2007, Digitalia has devoted itself to content management, digital distribution and IT development tools. It has become a significant database serving a wide spectrum of interest and needs for Libraries, academics, students and readers in general. It currently provides the most complete database of e-books and e-journals in the Spanish language published from different countries. More than 16,000 electronic documents make it a database without precedent for the Hispanic community.
Collection of 660,000 large-scale landbook maps of over 12,000 American towns and cities. Includes information such as the outline of each building, the size and shape and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of windows and doors. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers. Textual information includes construction details, ownership and building use.
Findmypast.com is a family history and genealogy website and one of the leading suppliers of online family history records. Findmypast was the first company in the world to publish the complete birth, marriage and death indexes for England & Wales online and continues to lead the way in online genealogy, working in partnership with leading organisations around the world. The site currently offers access to a collection of over 2 billion historical records covering the United States, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and other parts of the globe. These records are of great interest not only to anyone researching their family tree, but also to people interested in social and local history. Search for:
Births, deaths & marriages
US census collection
Immigration and naturalization records
Local and social histories
PERiodical Source Index (PERSI), now with images
Complete UK census collection 1841-1911
Ireland census collection
Passenger lists for Ireland and the UK
The largest online UK Parish records collection dating from the early 1500s
A growing collection of research material for tracing family history and American culture. It includes the Periodicals Source Index (PERSI) which is a comprehensive subject index covering more than 6,500 genealogy and local history periodicals written in English and French (Canada) since 1800. PERSI provides the researcher the ability to search on surnames, locations, and methodologies as well as the ability to browse the journals by title and keyword. There are more than 1.6 million article citations currently available. Updated annually.
Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980, represents the single largest compilation of Spanish-language newspapers printed in the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries. The distinctive collection features hundreds of Hispanic American newspapers, including many long scattered and forgotten titles published in the 19th century. It is based on the “Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project,” a national research effort directed by Nicolás Kanellos, Brown Foundation Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston. Including many newspapers published bilingually in Spanish and English, Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980, offers a diversity of unabridged voices, ranging from intellectuals and literary notables to politicians, union organizers and grassroots figures. Available online for the first time, these American newspapers published by Hispanics can now be easily browsed, searched and read. Users can compare and contrast Hispanic views on nearly every major theme in American life, beginning in 1808 when the first Spanish-language newspaper in the United States was printed in New Orleans.
JSTOR is a highly selective digital library of academic content in many disciplines. The Library of Congress's subscriptions to JSTOR provide access to thousands of scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR works with a diverse group of nearly 1,200 publishers from more than 57 countries to preserve and make their content digitally available.
Also provided is access to JSTOR Daily, which offers a fresh way for people to understand and contextualize their world. JSTOR Daily writers provide insight, commentary, and analysis of ideas, research, and current events, tapping into the rich scholarship on JSTOR. In addition to weekly feature articles, the magazine publishes daily blog posts that provide the backstory to complex issues of the day in a variety of subject areas, interviews with and profiles of scholars and their work, and much more.
This resource represents the largest fully searchable collection of historical newspapers from around the globe, the World Newspaper Archive will advance research and offer opportunities for fresh insight across wide-ranging academic disciplines. This expanding online resource was created in partnership between Readex, a division of NewsBank, and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL)one of the world's largest and most important newspaper repositories.
Providing exact digital replicas of newspapers published in English and a variety of other languages, the World Newspaper Archive chronicles the history and politics of diverse peoples and cultures during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative updates, letters, poetry, advertisements, matrimony and death notices and more, these historical newspapers offer students, teachers and scholars new perspectives on local, national and global issues as well as on daily life around the world.
The MyHeritage Library Edition features over 8 billion primary historical records from the United States, Europe, and other regions, with coverage starting from the 16th century. Often accompanied by true document images, these records illuminate historical realities across a wide variety of regions.
The MyHeritage Library Edition features a focus on people-based records, which contain information about both everyday people and prominent individuals across societies and periods of time. This emphasis, plus the strength of the index, enables scholars to access information both about specialized topics (regions, time periods) as well as social, cultural, and political trends, with a wide scope. Location and keyword search options enable the researcher to directly access information about a specific region or topic.
More than 6 billion historical records from all over the world
The USA federal census (1790-1940) with images
Census of England and Wales (1841-1901) with images
1.5 billion exclusive family tree profiles from MyHeritage and Geni
816 million US public records
Hundreds of millions of Nordic records
More than 100 million gravestone photos
More than 80 million historical photographs
Military records, immigration records and passenger lists
Citizenship & naturalization records
Directories, guides, references, biographies and yearbooks
Government, land and court records
Wills and probate records
Exclusive databases such as the Jewish Chronicle historical newspaper
Additional content under license including Tributes obituaries, WikiTree, Billion Graves, Canadian Headstones and many others
New collections containing millions of records added monthly
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ProQuest Historical Newspapers is the definitive newspaper digital archive offering full-text and full-image articles for significant newspapers dating back to the 18th Century. From leading issues and events, like the U.S. Civil War, immigration, westward expansion, industrial developments, race relations, and World War I and II to local and regional politics, society, arts, culture, business, and sports, ProQuest Historical Newspapers reveals the day-to-day news coverage to researchers and historical explorers, providing invaluable insights and information to users from a wide range of subjects.
Newspapers include: The American Hebrew & Jewish Messenger; The American Israelite; The Atlanta Constitution; Atlanta Daily World; The Baltimore Afro-American; The Baltimore Sun; The Boston Globe; Chicago Defender; Chicago Tribune; The Christian Science Monitor; Cleveland Call and Post; Detroit Free Press; The Guardian and The Observer; Hartford Courant; The Jewish Advocate; The Jewish Exponent; Los Angeles Sentinel; Los Angeles Times; New York Amsterdam News; The New York Times; New York Tribune/Herald Tribune; Norfolk Journal and Guide; Philadelphia Tribune; Pittsburgh Courier; San Francisco Chronicle; St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Times of India; The Wall Street Journal; The Washington Post
World Scholar: Latin America & the Caribbean serves the needs of students and researchers by bringing together in a single place a rich collection of primary source documents about Latin America and the Caribbean academic journals and news feeds covering the region reference articles and commentary maps and statistics audio and video and more.
An international genealogy database containing more than 1 billion records from more than 45 countries. Resources include both original and reprinted records, such as census, military, vital, passenger and immigration lists, family group sheets, pedigree files, and printed genealogies, as well as periodicals, such as Evertons Genealogical Helper. Updated daily. Select "login" in upper right-hand corner.