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American Studies

  • Dictionary of American History
    Call Number: E 174 .D52 2003 v.1-10
  • Encyclopedia of American Cultural & Intellectual History
    Call Number: E 169.1 .E624 2001 v.1-3
  • Encyclopedia of American Studies
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  • Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Culture
    Call Number: E 169.12 .E49 2001
  • Encyclopedia of North American Indians
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  • Encyclopedia of the American West
    Call Number: F 591 .E485 1996 v.1-4
  • Encyclopedia of Women's History in America
    Call Number: HQ 1410 .C85 2000
  • Great Events from History: American Series
    Call Number: E 178 .M22
  • Oxford Companion to American Literature
    Call Number: PS 21 H3 1995
  • Readers Companion to American History
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19th Century U.S. Newspapers
Access: Restricted
Coverage: Varies
Content: With digital facsimile images of both full pages and clipped articles for hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers and advanced searching capabilities, researchers will be able to research history in ways previously unavailable. For each issue, the newspaper is captured from cover-to-cover, providing access to every article, advertisement and illustration.

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.

Artemis Primary Sources
Access: Restricted
Coverage: Varies
Content: The Artemis Primary Sources combines major archives of eighteenth and nineteenth century monographs, manuscripts, newspapers, maps, and early photographs, including 19th Century U.S. Newspapers, 19th Century British Newspapers, Indigenous Peoples: North America, and Smithsonian Collections online.

Diversity Studies Collection
Access: Restricted
Coverage: Varies
Content: Diversity Studies Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that explore cultural differences, contributions, and influences in the global community.

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.

Florida Digital Newspaper Library
Access: unrestricted
Coverage: 2005-present
Content: The Florida Digital Newspaper Library exists to provide access to the news and history of Florida. All of the over 1,000,000 pages of historic through current Florida newspapers in the Florida Digital Newspaper Library are openly and freely available with zoomable page images and full text. The Florida Digital Newspaper Library builds on the work done in microfilm within the Florida Newspaper Project.

Gender Studies Collection
Access: Restricted
Coverage: Varies
Content: The Gender Studies Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines covering topics including gender studies, family and marital issues, and more.

Access: Network restricted
Coverage: 1970-present
Content: "Full text database of unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. With its archival material, dating back to 1970 in some cases, GenderWatch is a repository of important historical perspectives on the evolution of the women's movement, men's studies, the transgendered community, and the changes in gender roles over the years"

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.

Humanities Full Text
Access: EBSCOhost, network restricted
Coverage: 1984-present
Content: Full-text, abstracts, and indexing of the best-known scholarly journals and numerous lesser-known but important specialized magazines in the areas of Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Film, Gender Studies, History, Journalism, Literary & Social Criticism Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Religion and Theology, and more.

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 (1851-2011)
Access: Network restricted
Coverage: 1851-2011
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.

Pop Culture Collection
Access: Restricted
Coverage: Varies
Content: Pop Culture Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that both analyze and contribute to popular culture. The database offers useful information for researchers in social science, history, art or liberal arts courses.

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.

Sources in U.S. History Online: The Civil War
Access: Restricted
Coverage: Varies
Content: Sources in U.S. History Online is a series of archival digital collections intended for public library patrons as well as high school, community college, and university students. The Civil War digital collection contains nearly 500 significant documents of the time--personal narratives, monographs, regimental histories, collected essays, sermons, songs, legal tracts, and political speeches--enabling students, faculty and patrons to study one of the key events in American history.

U.S. History Collection (Gale)
Access: Restricted
Coverage: Varies
Content: U.S. History Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines useful to both novice historians as well as advanced academic researchers. The database offers balanced coverage of events in U.S. history and scholarly work being established in the field.

U.S. History In Context
Access: Restricted
Coverage: Varies
Content: U.S. History in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. The new solution merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

War and Terrorism Collection (Gale)
Access: Restricted
Coverage: Varies
Content: War and Terrorism Collection provides access to academic journals and magazines of interest to analysts, risk management professionals, and students of military science, history, and social science. The database offers balanced coverage of both historic and contemporary topics in the fields of war and terrorism.

  • AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History (Primary resources from 1400-present including early Indian maps and through current administration documents.)
  • American Memory Project (historical collections from the Library of Congress including writings, maps, sound recordings, moving images, prints, and sheet music documenting the American experience.)
  • New Deal Network (a research and teaching resource containing documents, photos, classroom guides, and links)

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