Genealogy & History

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For most of the twentieth century the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was the principal defender of the rights that citizens can assert against government. This important collection of papers spans the majority of the twentieth century, from 1912 to 1990. Subjects include: the first “Red Scare” following the Russian Revolution of 1917; debates in the 1920s on immigration; the American Birth Control League; lynchings in the 1930s; debates on aliens and immigrants in the years immediately preceding the U.S.

American History in Video

American History in Video provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion.

American Indian Correspondence: Presbyterian Historical Society Collection of Missionaries' Letters, 1833-1893

American Indian Correspondence is a collection of almost 14,000 letters written by those who served as Presbyterian missionaries to the American Indians during the years from 1833 to 1893.

American Indian Histories and Cultures

Spanning four centuries and covering North and Central America, American Indian Histories and Cultures presents unique materials from one of the finest archival collections on American Indian history and culture available – the Edward E. Ayer Collection at the Newberry Library in Chicago. From early contacts between European settlers and American Indians and the subsequent political, social and cultural effects of those encounters on American Indian life, these materials tell both the historical and the personal stories of the colonization of the Americas.

The American West

In the story of the American West, tales of frontier life, of Native Americans and of vigilantes and outlaws are of constant interest, and are matched by more recent interest in the growth of urban centres, the environmental impact of westward expansion and of life in the borderlands. The Graff Collection, from the Newberry Library in Chicago, is a unique resource which will allow scholars to explore all of these areas and more.

Research the history of your family with online access to historical records provided by Ancestry.com. Discover where and when your ancestors lived. Read actual historical documents that refer to members of your family. Perfect for building family trees and other genealogical research.

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This archive illuminates the experiences not just of the LGBTQ community as a whole, but of individuals of different races, ethnicities, ages, religions, political orientations, and geographical locations that constitute this community. Historical records of political and social organizations founded by LGBTQ individuals are featured, as well as publications by and for lesbians and gays, and extensive coverage of governmental responses to the AIDS crisis. The archive also contains personal correspondence and interviews with numerous LGBTQ individuals, among others.

Archives Unbound

Archives Unbound presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level. Collections cover a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward-from Witchcraft to World War II to twentieth-century political history.

AtoZ World Culture

Curious about the world? AtoZ World Culture has you covered with information about world history, cultures, languages, foods, religions, and much more in 175 Country Culture Guides covering over 60 topics each.

Black Thought and Culture

Black Thought and Culture contains over 1,000 sources with over 1,000 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamphlets, letters and other fugitive material.

China, America and the Pacific

Explore an extensive range of archival material connected to the trading and cultural relationships that emerged between China, America and the Pacific region between the 18th and early 20th centuries. Manuscript sources, rare printed texts, visual images, objects and maps document this fascinating history.

Civil War in Words and Deeds

The Civil War in Words and Deeds offers regimental histories and personal narratives which constitute a source of great historical value. These first-person accounts, compiled in the postwar period and early 20th Century period, chronicle the highs and lows of army life from 1861 through 1865.

Discover the Civil War's legacy in the Greater Kansas City region. Search our collection of primary source materials from our from partner organizations, read exclusive analysis from contributing scholars, and explore interactive features to see relationships between events and historic artifacts.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online
  • Over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes)
  • Includes books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides and more
  • Based on the English Short Title Catalogue
  • Works published in the UK during the 18th century plus thousands from elsewhere
Empire Online

Empire Online brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of 'Empire' and its theories, practices and consequences.

European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection

As a collection and archive of writing representative of British Romantic and early Victorian writing and of Continental Romanticism, the Corvey Collection is unmatched. The Corvey Collection is especially strong in prose fiction, including Gothic and romance fiction issued by influential popular publishers like the Minerva Press (London).

Everyday Life and Women in America

Everyday Life and Women in America is an unparalleled resource providing immediate access to rare primary source material from the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History, Duke University and The New York Public Library. It comprises documents and images addressing 19th and early 20th century political, social and gender issues, religion, race, education, employment, marriage, sexuality, home and family life, health, and pastimes.

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Fire Insurance Maps online (FIMo) is a research portal to find and view high-definition, color Fire Insurance Maps, Real Estate Atlases, Plat Books, and other historical maps showing building structures, building construction details, property ownership, property uses, and other useful information.

First World War

The First World War portal showcases a wealth of primary source material for the study of the Great War, complemented by a range of contextual secondary features.

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