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American History Resoures


Article databases

America: History and Life
Canadian and U.S. history

JSTOR
World history


Newspapers

Primary source databases

American Periodicals

Includes digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals published from colonial days to the dawn of the 20th century. Titles range from Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine and America's first scientific journal, Medical Repository; popular magazines such as Vanity Fair and Ladies' Home Journal; regional and niche publications; and groundbreaking journals like The Dial, Puck, and McClure's.

American Presidency Project

Large database that includes public papers of the Presidents, State of the Union Addresses & Messages, Inaugural Addresses, Weekly Addresses. It also contains documents such as party platforms, candidates' remarks, Statements of Administration Policy, documents released by the Office of the Press Secretary, and election debates.

Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy

Online access to a large swathe of American documents organized into collections including US statues concerning American Indians, documents related to September 11, slavery, US-Soviet diplomacy, and colonial charters, grants, and related documents.  

Digital National Security Archive

A collection of declassified U.S. foreign policy documents. The National Security Archive was founded in 1985, and has acquired these documents through the Freedom of Information Act. This database of primary sources includes more than 43,000 of the most important declassified documents regarding critical U.S. foreign policy decisions. The archive is divided into collections, for example: Guatemala and the U.S., 1954-1999; Berlin Crisis, 1958-1962; China and the U.S., 1960-1998; Iraqgate, 1980-1994; Nicaragua, 1978-1990; South Africa, 1962-1989; the Soviet Estimate, 1947-1991; and more. The Library subscribes to some of the collections.

Foreign Relations of the United States

The Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. You may search by volume or by presidential administration. 

Rotunda: American Founding Era

The complete published collections of major Founding Fathers in a single, fully searchable database. Contains the papers of George Washington, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Dolley Madison.


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