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Accessible Archives Search 18th-century Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia newspapers, including the Virginia Gazette; 19th-century African-American newspapers; county histories; and 19th-century periodicals including Godey's Lady Book.
Adams Papers Digital Edition The definitive record of the nation’s first great political family, The Adams Papers Digital Edition comprises John Adams’s complete diaries, selected legal papers, and the ongoing series of family correspondence and state papers.
African American Newspapers, 1827–1998 Search 19th- and 20th-century African American newspapers.
America's Historical Imprints Search full-text books published in America, 1639–1819.
America's Historical Newspapers Search American newspapers primarily from the 18th and 19th centuries.
American Ancestors Search 366 databases from the New England Historic Genealogical Society, including The Virginia Genealogist. A complete list of databases is available.
American Indian Histories and Cultures Search a collection of manuscripts, artwork and rare printed books dating from the earliest contact with European settlers to the mid-twentieth century. Browse through a wide range of rare and original documents from treaties, speeches and diaries, to historic maps and travel journals.
American State Papers, 1789–1838 Search United States legislative and executive documents, 1789–1838.
Ancestry Library Edition Search multiple databases to access genealogy records from throughout the world.
AP Stylebook Online A standard resource used as a writing and editing reference in newsrooms, classrooms and corporate offices worldwide.
ARTFL Project Search 3000 full-text French pieces of literature, 13th–20th centuries, including the Encyclopedia Diderot.
Bray Schools in Canada, America and the Bahamas, 1645-1900 Search correspondence files, minute books, and financial reports compiled by the Associates of Dr. Bray during the period 1724-1900. The Associates was a group comprised of English clergymen and philanthropists who created and funded schools for Black, and to a lesser extent, Indigenous North American, children in the American colonies between 1758 and 1776.
Burney Collection Newspapers Search the mostly British 17th- and 18th-century newspaper collections of the Reverend Charles Burney (1757–1817).
Caribbean Newspapers, 1718–1876 Search 18th- and 19th-century newspapers from 22 Caribbean islands.
Chicago Manual of Style Online The venerable, time-tested guide to style, usage, and grammar in an accessible online format.
Colonial America Search 17th and 18th century primary sources from Britain's Colonial Office files: documents covering early settlement and expansion; colonial legislation and politics; the French and Indian War; and the American Revolution.
Colonial Caribbean Search primary records from Britain’s Colonial Office files for the Caribbean covering the period 1624 – 1832. Topics covered include interactions with indigenous inhabitants; the establishment of colonies; legislation, legal proceedings and court records; trade and shipping; the management of plantations and agriculture; the slave trade and interactions with enslaved people.
Defining Gender Explore the study and analysis of gender through a vast body of original British source material. Key thematic areas include: Conduct and Politeness; Domesticity and the Family; Consumption and Leisure; Education and Sensibility; The Body.
The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution Search The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution, a landmark work that draws upon thousands of sources to trace the development of the U.S. Constitution.
Early English Books Online Search digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700.
ECCO, Eighteenth-Century Collections Online Search 180,000 18th-century English books by author, title, or keyword.
Eighteenth-Century Journals, Modules II and V Search a collection of British periodicals, ca. 1685–1835, including Joseph Addison's Freeholder, John Almon's Political Register, and a full run of The Lady’s Magazine: or Entertaining Companion for the Fair Sex.
FirstSearch Search WORLDCAT, a bibliographic database of library holdings in North America.
Fold3 Search primary source documents from the U.S. National Archives, including passport applications, naturalization records, and military records.
HeritageQuest Online Search selected U.S. census records, the Freedman's Bank, the Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), and full-text genealogy books.
Humanities E-Books Search approximately 4,300 high-quality humanities books.
Invaluable (previously Artfact) Search this online auction marketplace for fine art, the decorative arts, and collectibles.
Jefferson Papers Digital Edition Since 1950, Thomas Jefferson's writings have been compiled in two ongoing projects, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson at Princeton University, and The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. Rotunda’s digital edition brings together the content of the published volumes into one searchable online resource.
JSTOR Search academic periodicals in the arts and sciences by keyword, title, or author. A complete title list is available.
Madison (Dolley) Papers Digital Edition Dolley Payne Madison was the most important First Lady of the nineteenth century. This collection is a full edition of her correspondence and selected non-literary documents such as visiting lists and lawsuits.
Madison(James) Papers Digital Edition The Papers of James Madison documents the life and work of one of the most important political and constitutional thinkers in our nation’s history. 
Marshall Papers Digital Edition John Marshall was the longest-serving chief justice on the U.S. Supreme Court and arguably the most influential. This digital edition of Marshall’s papers includes the complete contents of the print edition. 
Newspapers.com Search an extensive database of 4000+ historical newspapers dating from the early 1700s into the 2000s: full runs and portions of runs of well-known regional and state titles as well as small local newspapers in the United States and other countries.
Nineteenth-Century U.S. Newspapers Search 19th-century U.S. newspapers by keyword.
Oxford English Dictionary Search the accepted authority on the meaning, history, and pronunciation of English words.
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global: The Humanities & Social Sciences Collection Search a comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses in the humanities and social sciences. The database includes bibliographic citations for nearly 2.5 million works, with about 1.25 million of these available in full text.
Revolutionary War and Early America: ProQuest History Vault Search primary source material from the Massachusetts Historical Society, including Revere Family Papers, Hancock Family Papers, French and Indian War Orderly Books, and Revolutionary War Orderly Books.
Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice Search primary sources from archives and libraries across the Atlantic world related to slavery, abolition, and social justice.
Sources in U.S. History Online: The American Revolution Search primary documents from the time of the American Revolution, including official correspondence, personal letters, collected writings of key figures, speeches, memoirs and narratives of soldiers and civilians, histories, and biographies.
Southern Life, Slavery and the Civil War: ProQuest History Vault Search primary source material focusing on the experience of enslaved individuals in the Antebellum South. The collection includes material from the important microfilm collection "Records of Antebellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution to the Civil War" as well as material exploring the experience of enslaved individuals in a variety of industrial enterprises.
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