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Public access to the full text of 52 published works; created by The Schomberg Center, New York Public Library.
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Extensive online collection of papers, speeches (audio and video), and documents relating to United States presidential elections and presidents.

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The thousand images in this collection have been selected from a wide range of sources, most of them dating from the period of slavery. This collection is envisioned as a tool and a resource that can be used by teachers, researchers, students, and the general public - in brief, anyone interested in the experiences of Africans who were enslaved and transported to the Americas and the lives of their descendants in the slave societies of the New World.
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Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves. This online collection is a joint presentation of the Manuscript and Prints and Photographs Divisions of the Library of Congress and includes more than 200 photographs from the Prints and Photographs Division that are now made available to the public for the first time. Born in Slavery was made possible by a major gift from the Citigroup Foundation.
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These documents are collected from various federal web sites including the Library of Congress and the National Archives. Many pages include not only the full text of these important documents, but facsimile copies so users may experience the feel of the original material.

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CELT, the Corpus of Electronic Texts, brings the wealth of Irish literary and historical culture to the Internet, for the use and benefit of everyone worldwide. It has a searchable online database consisting of contemporary and historical texts from many areas, including literature and the other arts.
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The Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia Library collects SGML and XML texts and images on history, literature, and more.
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The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress presents the papers of the nineteenth-century African-American abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then risked his own freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher. contains approximately 7,400 items (38,000 images) relating to Douglass' life as an escaped slave, abolitionist, editor, orator, and public servant. The papers span the years 1841 to 1964, with the bulk of the material from 1862 to 1895. The collection consists of correspondence, speeches and articles by Douglass and his contemporaries, a draft of his autobiography, financial and legal papers, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous items.
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Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training presents a window into the lives of American diplomats. Transcripts of interviews with U.S. diplomatic personnel capture their experiences, motivations, critiques, personal analyses, and private thoughts.
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A selective list of resources available to family historians at The New York Public Library.
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Presents full transcriptions and images of all runaway and captured ads for slaves and servants placed in Virginia newspapers from 1736 to 1790. The project offers a number of other documents related to slaves, servants, and slaveholders, including court records, other newspaper notices, slaveholder correspondence, and assorted literature about slavery and indentured servitude.
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The History Matters Archive contains tens of thousands of pages of scanned reports, transcripts, and other documents, dozens of hours of audio, and a variety of photographic materials. It includes both old and new from reports published in the 1960s to formerly-secret records declassified as recently as the 2000. The goal of this web site is to serve as a repository and focal point for education and research on the subject of the JFK assassination and related topics in Cold War history.

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Provides free internet access to the full text of over 1,500 popular and scholarly books and nearly a dozen journal runs. Subject areas include applied arts and design; food and nutrition; child care and development; housing and furnishings; hygiene; home management; clothing and textiles; institutional management; and retail and consumer studies. This archive, containing materials published between 1850 and 1950, is searchable by author, title, and keyword.
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In the First Person is a landmark primary source index to English language personal narratives, including letters, diaries, memoirs, autobiographies, and oral histories. Working with archives, repositories, publishers, and individuals, the database indexes first person narratives from hundreds of published volumes, those that are publicly available on the Web, and those that are held by repositories and archives around the world. Users can search by keyword, as well as within collections, and can browse by subject, collection, documents, and historical events.

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The American Memory digitizes the distinctive, historical Americana materials from the Library's (and other institutions') collections to make them freely available online. These materials include photographs, manuscripts, rare books, maps, recorded sound, and moving pictures. The collectoin is comprised of over nine million artifacts, which can be searched for or browsed by collection/topic. Topics range from African American History, to Literature, to War/Military.

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A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.

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Provides access to over 363,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage poster, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.

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This site provides a complete database of all State of the Union Addresses from 1790-2008 plus separate databases containing the 2005, 2006, 2007, & 2008 State of the Union addresses by George Bush divided by subject.

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Extensive online collection of papers, speeches (audio and video), and documents relating to United States presidential elections and presidents.
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The Presidential Timeline provides a single point of access to an ever-growing selection of digitized assets from the collections of the twelve Presidential Libraries of the National Archives. Among these assets you?ll find documents, photographs, audio recordings, and video relating to the events of the presidents? lives.

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Constitues, perhaps, the most complete site available for persons who desire a gateway into e-text and e-book materials relating to the third U.S. president.

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Provides students and researchers with information to help them evaluate the internet sources and the quality of primary materials that can be found online. The site includes links to major collections of primary sources (both text and images), metasites with additional sources and information on citing these sources.
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The Virtual Archive currently includes finding aids for all Vietnam Archive collections and over 1.5 million pages of materials online, including documents, photographs, slides, negatives, audio and moving image recordings, artifacts, and oral histories. New items are being added daily.

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Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1700 and 2000, the website seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding at the same time that it makes the insights of women's history accessible to teachers and students at universities, colleges, and high schools.  The database brings together primary documents, books, images, scholarly essays, book reviews, Web site reviews, and teaching tools, all documenting the multiplicity of women’s activism in public life. Women and Social Movements in the United States contains an extensive author database and a powerful full-text search engine.

Online Text and Document Collections

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To bring the wealth of Irish literary and historical culture (in Irish, Latin, Anglo-Norman French, and English) to the Internet in a rigorously scholarly and user-friendly project for the widest possible range of readers and researchers. CELT (the Corpus of Electronic Texts) caters for academic scholars, teachers, students, and the general public, all over the world.
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Provides access to over 363,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage poster, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.

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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

Newspapers

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The Brooklyn Daily Eagle was published from October 26, 1841 to 1955 and was revived for a short time from 1960 to 1963. The digitization of the historic Brooklyn Daily Eagle from reels of microfilm covers the period from October 26, 1841 to December 31, 1902, representing half of the Eagle's years of publication. Approximately 147,000 pages of newspaper in various digital formats are contained in this online repository. Access can be gained either by date of issue or by keyword searching.

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LexisNexis® Academic provides searchable access to a comprehensive spectrum of full-text information from over 5,600 sources, selected to meet academic research needs, including: national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources; U.S. Federal and state case law, codes, regulations, legal news, law reviews, and international legal information; Shepard?s® Citations for all U.S. Supreme Court cases back to 1789; Business news journals, company financial information, SEC filings and reports, and industry and market news
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Printing "All the News That's Fit to Print," The New York Times bears the reputation of being the United States' unofficial newspaper of record.Comprehensive coverage of national, foreign, business and local news comes fromThe Times' extensive foreign news network and bureaus around the United States.The LEXIS-NEXIS services carry the final city edition.
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The New York Times (1851 - 2003) 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.

Image Resources

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Chronicling America is a website that provides access to information about America's historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages. It contains over 6 million pages from over 1,000 public-domain newpapers in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Chronicling America is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC).

Books & E-Books

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The ACLS History E-Book Project is a collaboration of eight learned societies, sixty contributing publishers, and librarians at the University of Michigan?s Scholarly Publishing Office. The result is an online, fully searchable collection of high-quality books in history, recommended and reviewed by historians and featuring unlimited multi-user access and free, downloadable MARC records.
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ebrary is an information delivery service that features a growing selection of more than 60,000 titles from more than 200 leading academic, STM, and professional publishers.
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Access to the full text of reference, scholarly, and professional books. EBSCO eBooks are digital full-text versions of books such as reference works, scholarly monographs, literature and fiction (at Brooklyn College, almost 6,000 titles), and 3,400 publicly-accessible titles. 

EBSCO books are viewable online and may be checked out and viewed or downloaded using the Adobe Digital Editions reader.  The reader is available free at http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/.  The list of compatible devices is available at http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/supported-devices

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Access to the full text of reference, scholarly, and professional books. EBSCO eBooks are digital full-text versions of books such as reference works, scholarly monographs, literature and fiction (at Brooklyn College, almost 6,000 titles), and 3,400 publicly-accessible titles. 

EBSCO books are viewable online and may be checked out and viewed or downloaded using the Adobe Digital Editions reader.  The reader is available free at http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/.  The list of compatible devices is available at http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/supported-devices

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This Gale database provides access to the digital images of every page of 138,000 titles and editions published during the 18th Century (1701-1800). With full-text searching of approximately 33 million pages, this database provides access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more. The scope of the database includes every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, as well as many works from the Americas. Materials digitized range from Bibles to broadsheets, sermons and printed ephemera. The database allows for searching, as well as browsing by author or work.

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The Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia Library collects SGML and XML texts and images on history, literature, and more.
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The Gutenberg E-Book Project provides award winning monographs. The works weave together traditional narrative with digitized primary sources, including maps, photographs, and oral histories. The site is a collaboration of the American Historical Association and the electronic publishing staff at Columbia University Press.
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Humanities E-Book is a digital collection of over 1,700 full-text titles offered by the ACLS in collaboration with twelve learned societies, nearly 95 contributing publishers, and librarians at the University of Michigan?s Scholarly Publishing Office. The result is an online, fully searchable collection of high-quality books in the Humanities, recommended and reviewed by scholars and featuring unlimited multi-user access and free, downloadable MARC records. HEB is available 24/7 on- and off-campus through standard web browsers.
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Project Gutenberg, the first producer of free electronic books, has over 20,000 books available for online viewing or downloading.

Additional Databases (articles, etc.)

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This database offers indexing and full text for nearly 8,200 journals in nearly every area of academic study.
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America: History and Life is a bibliograpahic reference of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. It contains indexing for 1,700 journals from 1964 to present. The database also includes citations and links to book and media reviews.

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Since 1932, Annual Reviews has offered comprehensive, timely collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists. Annual Reviews volumes are published each year for 32 focused disciplines within the Social Sciences.
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JSTOR offers full-text access to archival scholarly journals. It offers both multidisciplinary and discipline-specific collections, covering such topics as Art, Business, Language & Literature, Mathematics, Music, Ecology, & Botany. JSTOR includes journal content, primary sources, images, and more across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Because of JSTOR's archival mission, there is approximately a 1-5 year gap between the most recently published journal issue and the content available in the database.

Biographical Resources

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Biographies of 300 women who changed the world, and whose contributions have endured through the ages, from Encyclopedia Britannica.
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Uncover the history of African American women: the history of black women in America, from slavery through Reconstruction, Harlem Renaissance and civil rights. Biographies, organizations, events and movements.
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Biography Index is a bibliographic database that cites biographical material appearing in periodicals indexed in other Wilson Company databases, current books of individual and collective biography, and incidental biographical material in otherwise non-biographical books. Biographical subjects indexed range from antiquity to the present and represent all fields and nationalities.

African-American Music

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Research centers and special collections that feature African-American musicians.
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Site designed by Randye Jones, soprano and researcher.
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A research unit of Columbia College Chicago.
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Bibliography on books, films, online articles, periodical literature, recordings, serial publications, theses and videos that can aid in the research of hip-hop as a part of popular culture.
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Defines more than 1,200 words, products and expressions.

Folk Music

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Introduction to the activities of the American Folklife Center and its Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. News about programs and activities, online presentations of multiformat collections and other resources to facilitate folklife projects and study.

Jazz

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Jazz Music Library provides access to works by thousands of jazz artists and ensembles (many of which have brief biographies). Users can search, as well as browse by albums, titles, and genres.  Coverage ranges from past greats to musicians performing and recording today.  Liner notes to all the albums are included (in PDF format). Users can also save tracks and albums to personal playlists.

Organizations and Associations

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Association founded to promote and encouarge the study of American culture, past and present. Among other features, site includes free database of dissertation abstracts and job listings.

Demographics

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A wide ranging collection of resources related to demographics and statistics, collected by librarians at Brooklyn College.

Statistics

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A wide ranging collection of resources related to demographics and statistics, collected by librarians at Brooklyn College.

Subject Directories

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Links to art images, cultural maps, historical information and "Yellow Pages" listings for such areas as popular culture, philosophy and religion, social sciences and ethnicity.
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A joint project of the American Studies Association, Georgetown University and Washington State University, the Crossroads site is a comprehensive resource for faculty and scholars. Provides access to extensive bibliography of website for reference and research, as well as information on professional associations, curiculum and technology innovations in the field.