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Primary Source Collections

    American Memory Project
The American Memory Project is a collection of more than 9 million online images, sound recordings, motion pictures, and manuscripts. The project is sponsored by the Library of Congress. Materials are organized into more than 100 thematic collections, each accompanied by explanatory documents and features.
    American Periodicals Series Online 1741-1900 1741-1900
American popular and professional periodicals, over 1,000 titles in all, covering a wide range of subjects. Provides citations, full text.
Search through historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world.

Thousands of libraries, museums, and archives have contributed nearly a million collection descriptions to ArchiveGrid. Researchers searching ArchiveGrid can learn about the many items in each of these collections, contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials, and order copies.
    Black Thought and Culture
Black Thought and Culture provides approximately 100,000 pages of monographs, essays, articles, speeches, and interviews written by leaders within the black community from the earliest times to the present. Some of the authors include Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Carter G. Woodson, Alain Locke, Mary McLeod Bethune, Booker T. Washington.
    Chicago Tribune, Historical (1849-1990) 1847-1990
The Historical Chicago Tribune covers international and national news along with issues and events in Chicago, Illinois, and the entire Midwest. Full page images are available for every issue cover to cover and include not only news, editorials, letters to the editor, obituaries, and birth and marriage announcements, but also historical photos, stock photos, and advertisements. Provides full text.
    Digital Microfilm 2008 to present
Access microfilm newspapers online. Proquest Digital Microfilm collection includes the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times (Late East Coast Edition), Wall Street Journal (Eastern Edition) and the Washington Post (Final edition). The digital microfilm issues of the newspapers are exact facsimiles of the print edition and includes articles and advertisements.

When arriving at the site, click on "Select" to chose which newspaper to access. Each newspaper can only be searched by date and page number. Keyword searching is not available.
    Early English Books Online
From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare, this collection contains the full text of more than 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement.
    Federal Register Library
The Federal Register Library includes the Federal Register which is updated on a daily basis. It's coverage is comprehensive and begins from inception (1936). It also includes the CFR from inception (1938), United States Government Manual from inception (1935), Daily and Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents from inception (1965).
    Historic Documents
The online equivalent of the entire run of the print serial Historic documents, issued since 1972, each annual volume of which contains approximately 100 documents covering the most significant events of the year. The documents include presidential speeches, international agreements, Supreme Court decisions, U.S. governmental reports, scientific findings, and cultural discussions. Documents are preceded by introductory material to provide historical and intellectual context. Documents may be searched by full-text keyword, title, and topic; a cumulative index is provided. Provides full text.
    Illinois State University History Digital Collection
Illinois State University History is a digital collection that includes campus history books, proceedings of the first university governing board, and photographs of campus activities and buildings.
    New York Times (1851-2010) 1851-2010
The New York Times (1851-2010) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue. Coverage: Sept 18,1851-Dec 31, 2010.
    Nineteenth Century US Newspapers 1800-1900
19th Century U.S. Newspapers provides access to primary source newspaper content from the 19th century, featuring full-text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S. The collection encompasses the entire 19th century, with an emphasis on such topics as the American Civil War, African-American culture and history, Western migration and Antebellum-era life, among other subjects.
    North American Indian Thought and Culture
The database presents the life stories of American Indians and Canadian First Peoples in their own words and through the words of others. Soon to the be largest compilation ever created of biographical information on indigenous peoples from all areas of North America, it contains nearly 100,000 pages of content, including biographies, autobiographies, oral histories, reference works, manuscripts, and photographs. This database tells the life stories of well-known figures such as Sitting Bull but also lesser known individuals whose experiences further enhance the portrayal of Indian culture.
Developed by the University of Michigan Libraries, OAIster is a union catalog of digital resources. OAIster contains information on multidisciplinary resources from more than 1000 contributors worldwide.
    Radical Scatters: Emily Dickinson's Fragments, 1870-1886
Emily Dickinson's fragments and related texts, 1870 - 1886. Provides full text.
    Voyages:the trans-Atlantic slave trade database
This website provides the most comprehensive source of data currently available on the trans-Atlantic slave trade. It contains educational materials in addition to 3 databases: the Voyages database, Estimates database, and the Images database. The Voyages database contains records of nearly 35,000 slaving voyages between 1514 and 1866, gleaned from original documents and historical publications located in archives, libraries, and other institutions throughout the world.
    Women and Social Movements in the US (Scholar's Edition)
Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, the website seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding at the same time that it makes the insights of women's history accessible to teachers and students at universities, colleges, and high schools.
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