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  • Atlantic History Bibliography [via Oxford Bibliographies Online]  Icon
    This extensive annotated bibliography focuses on the "interactions between different peoples and cultures on four continents and many islands in the period between Columbus’ voyages to the New World in the late fifteenth century and the end of slavery in the Americas in the late nineteenth century."
    It consists of more than 100 separate entries, presenting the best in modern scholarship as well as key primary sources. Entries can be geographical ("Brazil, the Caribbean), or broadly or narrowly topical (Religion, Sugar).

    Follow this link to see all the Oxford Bibliographies Online to which UCDavis subscribes
  • Caribbean Abstracts
    The catalogue, produced by the the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies at Leiden, contains abstracts in English of selected books and articles in the humanities and social sciences published since 1989. The publications are selected for their importance or the topicality of the subject. Publications on Caribbean migrant communities outside the region are not included. The Caribbean includes all the islands of the Caribbean archipelago, as well as the mainland territories of Belize and the Guianas.
    Coverage: 1989-present
  • Readers' Guide Retrospective  Icon
    An electronic version of the classic Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature. Readers' Guide Retrospective, produced by The H. W. Wilson Company, is a database containing comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America.

    Coverage: 1890-1982
    Related: The print version of the Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (1890-present) is located in the Humanities/Social Sciences Department in Shields Library, AI3.R4
  • Periodicals Index Online (PIO)  Icon
    Periodicals Index Online is a retrospective database (1665-1995). It also provides access to a smaller set of titles in fulltext electronic form.
    Coverage: 1665-1995
    Related: To search only the full text digitized content of this resource (1802-1995), you can also use Periodicals Archive Online
  • Periodicals Archive Online (PAO)  Icon
    Companion resource to Periodicals Index Online (PIO), PAO is a fulltext archive of hundreds of historical digitized journals published in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
    Coverage: 1802-1995


There is a special section of Latin America-oriented databases toward the end of the list.

  • Early Encounters in North America (EENA): Peoples, Cultures and the Environment [via Alexander Street Press]  Icon
    EENA contains full text letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters, centered on present-day Canada and the United States with some limited coverage of Mexico. Includes information on the peoples, places, environment, flora and fauna encountered. Of note are more than 9,000 Audubon prints from "The Birds of America" as well as the complete contents of the three-volume "The Quadrupeds of North America".
    Coverage: 1534-1959
    For help using this database
  • Empire Online [via Adam Matthew]  Icon
    Empire Online contains several thousand searchable scanned images of original documents relating to Empire Studies. Includes documents from English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and German points of view, and that from indigenous peoples from Africa, India and North America. Sections also include thematic essays by leading scholars in the field of Empire Studies.
    Coverage: 1492-present
    For help using this database
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online [via Gale]  Icon
    Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) provides full-text searchable access to the digital images of 150,000 books and other materials published during the 18th Century. Based on the English Short Title Catalog bibliography, it includes English-language and foreign-language titles printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas.
    Coverage: 1701-1800
  • Early American Newspapers [via NewsBank]  
    Historic American newspapers from 1690-1900, parts 1 & 2: images and full-text content, drawn from the American Antiquarian Society and from the collections of other institutions and societies.
    Coverage: 1690-1900
    Note: These parts can be searched separately using the following URLs. For Part 1: For Part 2:
  • Pennsylvania Gazette (1728-1800) [via Accessible Archives]  Icon
    Searchable, full-text of the most important colonial and early national newspaper.
  • Virginia Gazette (1736-1780) [via Accessible Archives]  Icon
    "The Virginia Gazette was the first newspaper published in Virginia and the first to be published in the area south of the Potomac River in the colonial period of the United States. Issues have the following subtitle: “Containing the freshest advices, foreign and domestick”

    Between 1776 and 1780 there were often two and sometimes three competing papers with the same name publishing simultaneously. All available copies are included here with the competitors described as Virginia Gazette 2 and 3.
  • America's Historical Imprints [via Readex]  Icon
    This is a full-text collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides and periodicals published between 1639-1819. It combines two collections: "Early American Imprints Series I (1639-1800). Evans" and "Early American Imprints Series II (1801-1819). Shaw-Shoemaker".
    Coverage: 1639-1819
  • Sabin Americana: 1500-1926 [via Gale]  Icon
    "Based on Joseph Sabin's landmark bibliography, this collection contains works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900's. Included are books, pamphlets, serials and other documents that provide original accounts of exploration, trade, colonialism, slavery and abolition, the western movement, Native Americans, military actions and much more. With over 6 million pages from 29,000 works, this collection is a cornerstone in the study of the western hemisphere."
  • American Founding Era [via University of Virginia Press]  Icon
    The American Founding Era collection includes the edited papers of key early figures in the history of the United States, including: John Adams and his family; Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson,John Jay,Thomas Jefferson, Dolley Madison, James Madison, John Marshall,Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Harriott Pinckney Horry, and George Washington. It also includes a documentary history of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, People of the Founding Era (a biographical dictionary) and more.
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set [via NewsBank]  Icon
    U.S. Congressional Serial Set [via NewsBank]
    The Readex/Newsbank U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1980) has full text Congressional committee reports and documents originally published in the Serial Set from the 15th through the 96th Congresses, 1817-1980. Also includes the American State Papers (a retrospective collection of materials originating from 1789 through 1838 but published in the second quarter of the 19th century). The U.S. Congressional Serial Set is the bound, sequentially numbered set of volumes of all the Reports, Documents and Journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Many early agency reports were published originally in congressional editions. The Serial Set constitutes an incomparably rich collection of primary source material on all aspects of American history and government.
    Coverage: 1817-1980, with American State Papers 1789-1838
  • Slavery & Anti-Slavery a Transnational Archive [via Gale]  Icon
    UCDavis subscribes to part II: Slave Trade in the Atlantic World, and part III: The Institution of Slavery of this resource. These components of Slavery and Anti-Slavery include collections on the transatlantic slave trade and the legal and economic aspects of the slavery system from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries.
  • African American Newspaper Collection [via Accessible Archives]  Icon
    African American Newspaper Collection [via Accessible Archives]
    Full-text of seven 19th Century African American Newspapers: Freedom's Journal, The Colored American (Weekly Advocate), The North Star, The National Era, Provincial Freeman, Frederick Douglass Paper, The Christian Recorder. Coverage varies by newspaper.
  • 19th Century US Newspapers [via Gale]  Icon
    19th Century US Newspapers (NCNP) provides access to over 28 million articles of primary source newspaper content from the 19th-century, featuring full-text content and images from newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S. The collection encompasses the entire 19th century, with an emphasis on such topics as the American Civil War, African-American culture and history,Western migration and the Antebellum-era among other subjects. Newspapers from all 19th-century U.S. states and territories are included.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers Part 1  Icon
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers Part 2  Icon
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers Part 3  Icon
  • Proquest Historical Newspaper Indexes
    These sites let you search the newspapers' full content but results are citations only, not full-text. Articles can then be requested through Interlibrary loan.

    Atlanta Journal Constitution (1868-1939)

    Boston Globe (1872-1923)

    Christian Science Monitor (1908-1980)

    Hartford Courant (1764-1984)
  • Sacramento Bee, Historical [via NewsBank]  Icon
    Full-text of the Sacramento Bee newspaper from 1857-1979. In time, coverage will be complete to 1984 where the current online edition begins.
    Coverage: 1857-1979
  • Global Missions and Theology [via Gale, Archives Unbound]  Icon
    This collection documents the broad range of nineteenth century religious missionary activities, practices and thought in the United States by reproducing pivotal personal narratives, organizational records and biographies of the essential leaders, simple missionaries and churches. It contains valuable primary source materials on the places the missionaries worked, including Africa, Fiji and Sandwich Islands, India, China, Southeast Asia, Japan, and Hawaii.
  • Church Missionary Society Periodicals [via Adam Matthew]  Icon
    This is a full-text collection of the publications of the British philanthropic institutions, the Church Missionary Society and the South American Missionary Society from 1804-2009."Documenting missionary work from the 19th to the 21st century, the periodicals include news, journals and reports offering a unique perspective on global history and cultural encounter." The CMS was active in many African countries, the "Mediterranean, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania and the Americas"
  • North American Women's Letters and Diaries [via Alexander Street Press]  Icon
    Includes the full text of diaries and letters of more than 100 women from the 18th and 19th centuries, with biographies and an extensive annotated bibliography on women's narratives.
    Coverage: 1675-1950
  • American Civil War: Letters and Diaries [via Alexander Street Press]  Icon
    A full text collection of letters and diaries by hundreds of participants and witnesses to the Civil War. Includes biographies, bibliographies and a day-by-day record of events, all accessible via a detailed search engine.
    Coverage: 1861-1865
  • American Periodicals Series Online [via Proquest]  Icon
    American Periodicals Series Online [via Proquest]
    Searchable database of citations and digitized images of the pages of more than 1100 American magazines and journals published from colonial days to the dawn of the 20th century.
    Coverage: 1741-1940s
  • HarpWeek  Icon
    Provides full-image reproductions of Harper's Weekly from 1857-1912, one of the most important weekly magazines read by Americans during the 19th Century.
    Coverage: 1857-1912
  • Historical Statistics of the United States, Earliest Times to the Present, Millennial Edition [via Cambridge University Press]  Icon
    Historical Statistics of the United States (HSUS) was culled from more than 1,000 sources to produce nearly 2,000 tables containing some 37,000 time series covering virtually every quantifiable dimension of American history: agriculture, population, the economy, government, welfare and work. Each series is fully documented and placed in historical context by a scholar in the field. Tables can be downloaded and viewed, as well as graphed and merged into custom tables.

    The 5-volume print edition of Historical Statistics of the United States is available in Shields Library Gov Info Reference and H/SS Reference (HA202 .H57) and the Agricultural and Resource Economics Library (HA202 .H57 2006)
  • Historical Census Browser
    This site allows users to examine, manipulate and map data from the U.S. Censuses from 1790-1960. It is a powerful and easy-to-use resource produced by the Geospatial and Statistical Data Center at the University of Virginia Library
  • March of Time [via Alexander Street Press]  Icon
    From 1935-1967, Time Inc. offered Americans views of significant historical events in their newsreel series The March of Time. Several hundred of these newsreels can be searched and viewed as streaming videos. Transcripts of these commercial, documentary, instructional and public service videos accompany the films. In support of research and teaching, the resource enables users to create, edit, and share playlists or film clips.
    Coverage: 1903 - 1967
  • Digital National Security Archive (DNSA)  Icon
    The Digital National Security Archive contains the most comprehensive set of declassified government documents available. The resource now includes 34 collections consisting of over 80,000 meticulously indexed documents, with more than 500,000 total pages. Each of these collections, compiled by top scholars and experts, exhaustively covers the most critical world events, countries, and U.S. policy decisions from post World War II through the 21st century. Together, these collections offer unparalleled access to the defining international strategies of our time. Glossaries, chronologies, bibliographies, overviews, and photographs are included.
  • Latin American Newspapers [via Newsbank]  Icon
    The database includes the full-text content from 24 historic and influential newspapers published in Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and other Latin American countries. Publication dates range from 1845 to 1922.
    Help instructions
  • World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean [via Gale]  Icon
    This multidisciplinary resource brings together primary source documents about Latin America and the Caribbean. Digitized content of academic journals and news feeds, reference articles and commentary, manuscripts, ephemera, maps and statistics, and multimedia support research on regional topics ranging from the colonial period to the 20th century.
    Coverage: 15th - 20th centuries
  • Confidential Print: Latin America, 1833-1969 [via Adam Matthew]  Icon
    This full-text collection comprises "the most important papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices" of Great Britain pertaining to Central and South America and the French- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean from 1833-1969. The documents range "from single-page letters or telegrams to comprehensive dispatches, investigative reports and texts of treaties" and cover a vast array of topics.
  • Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 1 [via Ebsco]  Icon
    Author: Arte Público Press
    The Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 1 (BETA) presents a digital collection of historical content pertaining to U.S. Hispanic history, literature and culture published and digitized by Arte Público Press, the oldest and largest publisher of U.S. Hispanic literature in the U.S., covering geographically the fifty states of the Union. The premier collection documents intellectual vigor and traditional values that have characterized Hispanics from the earliest moments of this country's history through contemporary times. Currently, the collections comprises approximately 60,000 historical articles, hundreds of political and religious pamphlets and broadsides, and complete texts of over 1,100 historical books of Hispanic literature, political commentary and culture. The content is 80% Spanish and 20% English.
    Coverage: 19th Century - 20th Century


  • Early Americas Digital Archives
    The EADA is a collection of electronic texts and links to texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820. Published by by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities.
    Coverage: 1492-1820
  • Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database [via Emory University]
    This database provides "information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries." It is primarily a data set permitting not only the display of details of each individual voyage but also the manipulation of that data in tables and charts. It also contains Maps and primary source images.
  • Massachusetts Historical Society -- online collections
    The Massachusetts Historical Society offers several digital collections in Colonial and Early Republic History. These include Maps as well as the papers of John Adams and his family among other items.
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania Online Collections
    This site consists of online primary sources in the following areas:
    * Abolition and Antislavery Movements Including the Underground Railroad
    * Civil War Philadelphia
    * Japanese American Internment and Redress
    * Immigration and Ethnicity
  • Seamen's Church Institute Archive
    "The Seamen's Church Institute has operated in the Port of New York since 1834. Over the years, SCI has adapted to meet the ever-changing needs of seafarers, anticipating and reacting to changes in the maritime industry and the Port of New York. Because of this, the story of SCI is inseparable from the story of the modern seafarer, as well as the story of the development of downtown Manhattan and the Port of New Jersey."

    The online archive includes Annual Reports and meeting minutes of the Institute and its predecessor, as well as photographs and more.
  • Presidential Speech Archive
    This site offers a growing selection of transcripts or recordings of speeches by American Presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama.
  • Presidential Recordings Program
    "Between 1940 and 1973, six American presidents from both political parties secretly recorded just under 5,000 hours of conversations." This site also allows users to listen to some of the recordings of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, as well as read selected transcripts. It also includes detailed information about all of the tapes. Its "virtual exhibits" on Civil Rights, Vietnam and more, place relevant recordings in historical context. The site is hosted by the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia
  • Google Newspaper Archive
    Google has a growing collection of digitized historic and contemporary newspapers mostly from the U.S. and Canada. This link goes to the alphabetical list of papers including the years covered and number of issues scanned.
  • Chronicling America
    This site sponsored by the Library of Congress allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). Over a period of approximately 20 years, NDNP will create a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922 from all U.S. states and territories. Currently, the site contains selected newspapers from California (The San Francisco Call, Sacramento Record-Union), District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Virginia and Washington.
    Coverage: 1836-1922 some full text papers; 1690 - present is a bibliographic record for newspaper titles.
  • Brazilian Government Documents [via CRL]
    "Executive branch serial documents issued by Brazil’s national government between 1821 and 1993, and by its provincial governments from the earliest available to the end of the first Republic in 1930."
  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
    A searchable, digital edition of the authoritative Dictionary of Canadian Biography. This phase presents persons who died between the years 1000 and 1930 or whose last known date of activity falls within these years.

    Paper Edition available:
    H/SS/GIS Reference F1005 D49
  • NHGIS National Historical Geographic Information System
    The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) is a historical GIS project to create and freely disseminate a database incorporating all available aggregate census information for the United States between 1790 and 2000. The project has created one of the largest collections in the world of statistical census information, much of which was not previously available to the research community because of legacy data formats and differences between metadata formats. In addition, NHGIS has created cartographic boundary files compatible with every census, and over 50 million lines of metadata describing the collection. The statistical and geographic data are disseminated free of charge through a sophisticated online data access system.
    American FactFinder: How do I find all the Census Tracts in a Place?
  • Atlas of Historical County Boundaries [via the Newberry Library]
    The Atlas presents (in maps, text, and downloadable GIS data) complete data about the creation and all subsequent changes (dated to the day) in the size, shape, and location of every county in the fifty United States and the District of Columbia. It also includes non-county areas, unsuccessful authorizations for new counties, changes in county names and organization, and the temporary attachments of non-county areas and unorganized counties to fully functioning counties. The principal sources for these data are the most authoritative available: the session laws of the colonies, territories, and states that created and changed the counties.
    Coverage: 1788 - present
    Author: Newberry Library -- Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture
  • AlabamaMosaic
    AlabamaMosaic is a rich and varied online collection of archival materials on Alabama's history culture places and people. It contains materials from more than 20 repositories in the state including

    * Alabama School of Fine Arts
    * Tuskeegee University
    * Alabama Department of Folklife and History
    * Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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