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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.
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 Founding Era Search digital editions of the papers of several founding fathers/mothers: Adams (John & Abigail), Jefferson, Madison (James & Dolley), Marshall, and Washington. (A related database, Founders Online, is available from the U.S. National Archives.)
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.
ARTFL Project Search 3000 full-text French pieces of literature, 13th–20th centuries, including the Encyclopedia Diderot.
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.
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 Part II Search British periodicals, ca. 1685–1835, from the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.
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.
JSTOR Search academic periodicals in the arts and sciences by keyword, title, or author. A complete title list is available. 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: Collections from the Massachusetts Historical Society Search primary source material including Revere Family Papers, Hancock Family Papers, French and Indian War Orderly Books, and Revolutionary War Orderly Books.
Slavery in Antebellum Southern Industries Search primary source material focusing on the experience of enslaved individuals in a variety of industrial enterprises. Sources include company records, correspondence, and documents pertaining to the purchase, hire, medical care, and provisioning of enslaved laborers.
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 and African American History: Plantations Records Search this database of material drawn from the important microfilm collection "Records of Antebellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution to the Civil War."
Virginia Company Archives Search the "Ferrar Papers," 1590–1790, and The Records of the Virginia Company.
Virginia Gazettes on the Colonial Williamsburg Digital Library Read issues of Virginia Gazette newspapers printed in Williamsburg, 1736–1780. Included are links to other online versions of the Virginia Gazette.
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