Databases by Subject


American Studies

Subject Specific Databases:

Archives Unbound: Federal Surveillance of African Americans, 1920-1984
Access: network restricted
Coverage: 1920-1984
Content: Federal Surveillance of African Americans, 1920-1984 is a full text, full image database of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's previously classified files on prominent African Americans and African-American organizations. The documents total approximately 88,000 pages and include published material such as newspaper clippings, transcripts of public meetings and speeches, and reports of special agents, which sometimes refer to information provided by confidential informants. Subjects of the investigations include Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Paul Robeson, Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Black Panther Party, and the Highland Folk School.

Archives Unbound: Mountain People: Life and Culture in Appalachia
Access: network restricted
Coverage: 1700-1950
Content: This collection consists of the diaries, journals, and narratives of explorers, emigrants, military men, Native Americans, and travelers. In addition, there are accounts on the development of farming and mining communities, family histories, and folklore. These accounts provide a view of the of the vast region between Lexington, Kentucky and Winchester, Virginia, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Birmingham, Alabama, which spans three and a half centuries and provides information on the social, political, economic, scientific, religious and agricultural characteristics of the region.

Archives Unbound: Literature, Culture and Society in Depression Era America: Archives of the Federal Writers Project
Access: network restricted
Coverage: 1933-1943
Content: This collection presents the Federal Writers Project (FWP) publications of all 47 states involved in the project, which ran from 1933 to 1943. Forming the most complete collection of publications from all participating states, this archive contains more than 450 individual items, many of which are typed or mimeographed and received only limited circulation. The FWP was a part of "Federal One," the arts project established by the WPA to cover music, theater, art and writers.

Archives Unbound: The Southern Literary Messenger: Literature of the Old South
Access: 1834-1864
Coverage: network restricted
Content: This collection comprises, in its entirety, the Primary Source Media microfilm collection entitled Southern Literary Messenger. As a chronicle of the Deep South during the prewar years, the Southern Literary Messenger evolved from a purely literary compendium to a forum for political viewpoints. Articles covered defenses of slavery and states rights, among other explosive issues.

Archives Unbound: We Were Prepared for the Possibility of Death: Freedom Riders in the South, 1961
Access: network restricted
Coverage: 1961
Content: Declassified FBI files on the group of civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated South in 1961 to test the United States Supreme Court decision in Boynton v. Virginia.

European Views of the Americas, 1493-1750
Access: EBSCOhost
Coverage: 1493-1750
Content: This bibliographic database is a valuable index for libraries, scholars and individuals interested in European works that relate to the Americas. EBSCO Publishing, in cooperation with the John Carter Brown Library, has created this resource from European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed In Europe Relating to The Americas, 1493-1750, the authoritative bibliography that is well-known and respected by scholars worldwide. The database contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of native American peoples. A wide range of subject areas are covered; from natural disasters to disease outbreaks and slavery.

Historic Documents
Access: Network restricted
Coverage: 1972-present
Content: Each volume includes approximately one hundred documents covering the most significant events of the year. These documents range from presidential speeches, international agreements, and Supreme Court decisions to U.S. governmental reports, scientific findings, and cultural discussions.

Indigenous Peoples: North America
Access: Gale, network restricted
Coverage: Varies
Content: Indigenous Peoples: North American includes extensive monograph, manuscript, newspaper, periodical and photograph collections.

Access: Network restricted
Coverage: Varies by title
Content: Full text American Studies titles include: American Historical Review, American Quarterly, Hispanic American Historical Review, Journal of American History, Journal of Southern History, and many more. In addition to History, browse JSTOR title lists in African American Studies, Political Science, and Sociology for related periodicals.

New York Times (1851-2008)
Access: Network restricted
Coverage: 1851-2008
Content: ProQuest's New York Times 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.

NINES - Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship
Access: Open Access
Coverage: 1770-1920
Content: NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship) is a scholarly organization devoted to forging links between the material archive of the nineteenth century and the digital research environment of the twenty-first. It is a peer-reviewed open access tool for finding online materials and archives created by scholars focusing on 19th century America and Britain.

Project Muse
Access: Network restricted
Coverage: varies (most titles cover the previous 2-5 years)
Content: Content: Full-text American Studies journals include: American Quarterly, Canadian Review of American Studies, CR: The New Centennial Review, Early American Studies, Journal of the Early Republic, and Southern Cultures.

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