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  • 19th Century Masterfile
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    19th Century Masterfile is a vast "Index of Indexes", and is the largest resource for historical research prior to 1925. 19th Century Masterfile brings together over 60 subject indexes to: Periodicals; Newspapers; Books; US Congressional Record; US and UK Government Documents;US Patents. You can query over 11 million citations in 19th Century Masterfile in a single search.
  • 20th Century American Poetry
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    This unparalleled collection includes 52,000 poems drawn from 750 volumes by over 300 poets, including Adrienne Rich, Andrei Codrescu, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Denise Levertov, Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton, and Cathy Song.

    Part of the Literature Online collection.

  • Adams Papers Digital Edition
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    This Rotunda collection includes John Adams’s complete diaries, selected legal papers, and the ongoing series of family correspondence and state papers. This collection provides online access to all 30 volumes of the Adams Papers from the founding generation published through 2006. The contents are fully annotated, feature linked cross-references, and may be accessed by date, series, author, or recipient.
  • African American Studies Center (Oxford)
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    The Oxford African American Studies Center provides access to more than 10,000 articles by top scholars in the field. The core content includes /Africana; Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895; Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present; Black Women in America, Second Edition; /and /African American National Biography./ In addition to the full-text of these works, the Center draws on other key resources from Oxford's reference program, including the /Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature;/ the/Oxford Companion to Black British History;/ and selected articles from other major reference titles. This database also includes over 2,500 images, more than 450 primary sources with specially written commentaries, nearly 200 maps, and more than 150 charts and tables that offer information on everything from demographics to government and politics to business and labor to education and the arts.
  • African-American Biographical Database
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    The African American Biographical Database is a resource of first resort when you are looking for biographical information, including photographs and illustrations, for African Americans. From the famous to the everyday person, AABD includes profiles and full-text sketches providing both biographical detail and illuminating narratives chronicling the lives of Black Americans.
  • American County Histories (Accessible Archives)
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    County histories have long been the cornerstone of historical and genealogical research. These digitized collections cover the history of 22 states and include: local history, geology, geography, weather,transportation, lists of all local participants in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, banking and insurance, schools and teachers, cemeteries, health and vital statistics, public officials and legislators, and much more.
  • American Founding Era Collection
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    This Rotunda collection provides access to the papers of some of the major figures of the early republic: John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Dolley and James Madison, Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Harriott Pinckney Horry, and George Washington. This online collection also includes access to the Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution and the Founders Early Access project. All of these digital editions present material from published volumes, including editorial annotations and transcriptions of thousands of documents. This subscription collection also provides powerful advanced search features.
  • American Indian Histories and Cultures
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    Provides access to a wide variety of primary source material from the Edward E. Ayer Collection at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Topics covered range from early encounters between American Indians and Europeans; interactions with colonial powers and the US government; conflict, wars and military contact; the fur trade and Indian traders; education and American Indian boarding schools, and the civil rights movement and political activism. Includes manuscripts, maps, atlases, photographs, artwork, correspondence, travel journals, diaries and much more.
  • American Pamphlets Series I 1820-1922: From the New York Historical Society
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    This Readex collection includes over 25,000 pamphlets covering 100 years of American life, from the Jacksonian Era up to the beginning of the Jazz Age. The publication of pamphlets exploded in the 19th century, creating a forum to express views and perspectives not seen in other print genres. The pamphlets in this digitized collection address a wide range of topics including slavery, suffrage, religious movements, the Civil War, and dozens of other divisive issues. These pamphlets contain speeches, orations, debates, sermons, treatises, tracts, narratives, poems, songs, memoirs, announcements, and legal notices.
  • American Poetry (1600-1900)
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    Over 40,000 poems by more than 200 American poets from the Colonial Period to the early twentieth century.

    Part of the Literature Online collection.

  • American State Papers, 1789-1838
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    Part of the Archive of Americana, this collection contains legislative and executive documents, many originating from the important period between 1789 and the beginning of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set in 1817. The collection enables students and scholars to easily search and browse every legislative and executive document of the first fourteen U.S. Congresses, and more.
  • Anthropological Index Online
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    Index of current periodicals in the Museum of Mankind Library. Covers physical and cultural anthropology, archeology and linguistics from 1970-present.
  • AnthroSource
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    Anthropology index for many of the American Antropological Association's most critical peer-reviewed publications, including American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Anthropology and Humanism, Archaeological Publications of the American Anthropological Association, Cultural Anthropology, and Ethos.
  • Archive Finder
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    Archive Finder brings together ArchivesUSA and the cumulative index to the National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the UK and Ireland (NIDS UK/Ireland). ArchivesUSA is a current directory of over 5,600 repositories and more than 175,000 collections of primary source material across the United States. NIDS UK/Ireland is a major reference work that reproduces the finding aids to thousands of archive and manuscript collections in libraries and record offices, museums and private collections throughout the UK and Ireland. Used together in Archive Finder, researchers are able to read descriptions of a repository's holdings to determine whether a collection contains material useful to their work as well as find the information they need to contact the repository directly.
  • Archive of Americana
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    This family of historical collections contains books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government documents and ephemera printed in America over three centuries.
  • Archives Unbound
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    This Gale database includes the following digitized archival collections: 1) Correspondence from German Concentration Camps and Prisons; 2) County and Regional Histories & Atlases: California; 3) Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers: Perspectives on Day-to-Day Life; 4) Jewish Underground Resistance: The David Diamant Collection; 5) Nuremburg Laws and Nazi Annulment of German Jewish Nationality.
  • Bibliography of Native North Americans
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    From the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF), this is an electronic publication that contains the citations from the cumulative eight volumes of the Ethnographic Bibliography of North America as well as additional new citations. The Bibliography of Native North Americans contains citations to literature about native peoples of North America published from the sixteenth century to the present. Native North Americans include Aleuts; Eskimos or Inuit of Greenland, northern Canada, Alaska, and eastern Siberia; and other native peoples (i.e. "Indians") of Alaska, Canada, the United States, and Mexico north of the northern boundary of Mesoamerica. All citations are to published materials: books, journal articles, essays, conference papers, and US and Canadian government documents.
  • Canadian Poetry
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    Full text of more than 12,000 poems by Canadian poets
  • David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
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    The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 20,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented. Collection categories include antique atlas, globe, school geography, maritime chart, state, county, city, pocket, wall, childrens, and manuscript maps. Some examples are United States map, maps New York, California map, Arizona map, America map, New York City map, Chicago map, and Colorado map. The collection can be used to study history, genealogy and family history.
  • Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution
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    This Rotunda collection draws upon thousands of sources to trace the Constitution’s progress through each of the thirteen states’ conventions. This online collection allows users to search the complete contents by date, title, author, recipient, or state affiliation and includes the annotations and indexing available in the print edition.
  • Dolley Madison Digital Edition
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    This collection, produced by Rotunda/University of Virginia Press, will be the first-ever complete edition of all of her known correspondence. It is currently complete through 1838, with over 1100 documents, and is searchable by keyword; person or organization; time period; document type; topic; or place. Along with letters, the DMDE includes summaries and a glossary providing identifications of names, literary references, and places mentioned in the letters.
  • DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music)
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    DRAM is a not-for-profit resource providing educational communitieswith on-demand streaming access to CD-quality audio, complete original linernotes and essays from independent record labels and sound archives.Continuing in the tradition of DRAM's sister company New World Records, oneof DRAM's primary focuses is the preservation and dissemination of importantrecordings that have been neglected by the commercial marketplace,recordings that may otherwise become lost or forgotten.
  • Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800
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    Resource for information about every aspect of life in 17th- and 18th-century America
  • Empire Online
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    Empire Online is a powerful and interactive digital resource, enabling undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and researchers to explore colonialhistory, politics, culture and society. it has been designed specifically to encourage the use of primary sources in teaching. It features: a thematic layout with sections covering Cultural Contacts, Literature of Empire, the Visible Empire, Religion, Race, Class and Imperialism; thousands of images of unique source material including maps, manuscripts,pamphlets, paintings, drawings and rare books. All items are included in their entirety and the sources encourage multiple viewpoints; interactive data maps, visually representing the history of world empires between the fifteenth and twentieth centuries.
  • Encyclopedia of American Studies
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    Under the sponsorship of the American Studies Association (ASA), the Encyclopedia of American Studies, brings together a wide range of disciplines related to the history and cultures of the United States, from pre-colonial days to the present. With over 660 online, searchable articles and biographies and accompanying bibliographies, the Encyclopedia of American Studies supports research and study in a wide range of courses and assignments at all levels.
  • Encyclopedia of Chicago
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    This encyclopedia is a multimedia history of Chicago and the entireChicago metropolitan area that includes maps, a biographical dictionary,and a dictionary of leading Chicago businesses (1820-2000), as well asnumerous articles on the area. From the Chicago History Museum, the Newberry Library, and NorthwesternUniversity.
  • Era of Progress and Promise: African American History Online
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    This website is comprised of profiles of early African-American schools, churches, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other institutions from the pages of "An Era of Progress and Promise." Written in 1910 by W.N. Hartshorn, the 444-page book is a seminal work that was referenced by influential figures including W.E. B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington.
  • European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750
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    Derived from the seminal reference work European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed in Europe Relating to the Americas, 1493-1750I(1980-1997), commonly known as the Alden-Landis bibliography. It contains over 32,000 citations and is a comprehensive guide to printed records produced in Europe before 1750 that make some mention of the discovery and emerging awareness of the Americas. Subject areas covered range from portrayals of Native American peoples to natural history to disease outbreaks to slavery.The database can be searched by every category of information found within the 6 printed volumes (available in Doheny Special Collections, Call No. Z1203.E87).Produced in cooperation with the John Carter Brown Library
  • Everyday Life and Women in America Online, c.1820-1920
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    This new online collection documents in compelling detail the social and cultural forces that shaped the everyday lives of men and women in America from 1800 to 1920, addressing 19th and early 20th century political, social and gender issues, religion, race, education, employment, marriage, sexuality, home life, health and popular pastimes.
  • Founders Early Access
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    Founders Early Access Project (Rotunda) - Provides online access to the papers and correspondence of several of America's founders: George Washington, James Madison, John and Abigail Adams.
  • Gerritsen Collection
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    In the late 1800's, Dutch physician Aletta Jacobs and her husband C.V. Gerritsen began collecting books, pamphlets and periodicals reflecting the evolution of a feminist consciousness and the movement for women's rights. The Gerritsen Collection has since become the greatest single source for the study of women's history in the world.
  • HarpWeek 1857-1912
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    The HarpWeek Database contains scanned images of Harper's Weekly, a prominent 19th- and 20th-century American magazine that began publication in 1857. Harper's was aimed at the middle and upper socio-economic classes, and tried not to print anything that it considered unfit for the entire family to read. In addition to the importance of illustrations and cartoons by artists like Winslow Homer and Thomas Nast, the paper's editorials played a significant role in shaping and reflecting public opinion from the start of the Civil War to the end of the century. The database currently has all issues from 1857-1912, covering the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Gilded Age periods.
  • History Cooperative
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    The History Cooperative is a pioneering nonprofit humanities resource provided by the University of Illinois Press, the Organization of American Historians, and JSTOR offering top-level online history scholarship.
  • Images of America: A History of American Life in Images and Texts
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    Images of America: A History of American Life in Images and Texts is a unique new resource cultivated from Arcadia Publishing's award-winning series of local history books. At completion, it will include over 1 million historical images and texts, celebrating the places and faces that give America its spirit and life. All of the images and texts have been indexed to provide an unprecedented level of access into the contents, enabling users to explore the depth of a town's history or to compare the histories of various towns, cultures, ethnic groups, architectural features, and more.
  • Images of the American Civil War
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    This database, which currently holds over 1400 images, provides a vivid visual history of a nation in crisis. The images, which are drawn from the fields of battle, politics, and general society, allow students and researchers to experience the events, both monumental and mundane, of this critical war.
  • Issues & Controversies
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    Explores more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture.
  • JSTOR
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    A growing full text collection of core social science, humanities, and science journals. Some backfiles date back to the early 1800s. Fields covered include: anthropology, ecology, economics, education, finance, mathematics, philosophy, political science, sociology, literature, biology.

    For a complete list of periodicals available in full text, see http://www.jstor.org.libproxy.usc.edu/action/showJournals?browseType=title.

  • Literature Criticism Online
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    LCO is comprised of 10 collections of English-language scholarly and popular commentary on literary works in most languages ranging from the classical to Shakespeare to contemporary publications. Covers not only novels but also poetry, short stories, and drama. Entries are in-depth and include bibliographies. Search by key words, author, title, or browse by works, authors, and topics.
  • NewsBank Retrospective
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    NewsBank Retrospective is a full-text, newspaper information resource with news articles from 1970-1991. The database covers major issues and events from contemporary American history including firsthand reports and varying regional perspectives. Coverage is from dozens of U.S. local newspapers, including twenty-two titles from California alone.
  • Papers of Alexander Hamilton
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    Alexander Hamilton is known for the range of his accomplishments, extending into the arenas of economics, diplomacy, warfare, political strategy, and (via his authorship of The Federalist Papers) constitutional law. This Rotunda Collection contains all 27 volumes of the print edition—all the writings by and to Hamilton known to exist, including all editorial annotations.
  • Papers of Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Harriott Pinckney Horry
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    The papers of Eliza Lucas Pinckney (1722–1793) and her daughter Harriott Pinckney Horry (1748–1830) document the lives of two founding-era women who were members of one of South Carolina’s leading families. Their letters, diaries, and other documents span nearly a century (1739–1830) and provide a window on politics, social events, and people of the late colonial and early national periods.
  • Papers of George Washington Digital Edition
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    This Rotunda collection includes all 59 volumes of the print edition published up to 2009, encompassing five series and the complete diaries. Users can search by keyword, date, author, and recipient. The indexing of the print volumes is combined into a single online master index, and all internal document cross-references are linked. The digitized content may be navigated by series, date, or index entry.
  • Papers of James Madison Digital Edition
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    This Rotunda collection documents the life and work of one of the most important political and constitutional thinkers in our nation’s history. As chief author of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, secretary of state during the Louisiana Purchase, and the 4th president of the United States, Madison played a central role in the American founding and the growth of the early Republic. The contents feature linked cross-references, and provide the option to sort documents chronologically or by series volume.
  • Papers of Thomas Jefferson Digital Edition
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    This Rotunda collection of Jefferson’s papers brings together all 36 volumes that have been published up to 2009 into one searchable online resource. It also includes the first four volumes of the Retirement Series sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which documents the time between Jefferson’s return to private life and his death in 1826. This online collection also includes all the illustrations and bibliographical content of the print edition, with the addition of linked cross-references and indexes.
  • Pennsylvania Gazette
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    The Pennsylvania Gazette, published from 1728-1800, was one of the mostprominent and successful newspapers in the American colonies and EarlyRepublic. Published in Philadelphia, the newspaper was purchased by BenjaminFranklin and Hugh Meredith in 1729. Franklin not only printed the paper butalso contributed pieces under aliases. This newspaper was the first to printa political cartoon in America, "Join, or Die," authored by Franklinhimself. This digital version of The Pennsylvania Gazette provides afirst-hand view of colonial America, the American Revolution and the NewRepublic, and offers important social, political and cultural perspectivesof each of these periods. Also included is the full-text of such importantwritings as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Letters froma Farmer, Thomas Payne's Common Sense, The Federalist Papers and much more.
  • Polling the Nations
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    Database of public opinion polls taken on a variety of subjects. Although the database contains polls from all over the world, the majority were conducted in the United States. Each record in the database consists of one poll question and the participants' responses. Also includes source of poll, contact information, sample size, and notes on the sample population. Records are searchable by subject, publication year, general and specific location of poll and survey method.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers and Magazines
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    This Proquest database searches 20 historical newspaper collections at once: American Periodicals (1740-1940), the Atlanta Constitution (1868-1945), Atlanta Daily-World (1931-2003), Baltimore Sun (1837-1986), Boston Globe (1872-1981), Chicago Defender (1910-1975), Chicago Tribune (1849-1988), Christian Science Monitor (1908-1998), The Guardian & Observer (1791-2003), Hartford Courant (1764-1986), Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005), Los Angeles Times (1881-1988), New York Amsterdam News(1922-1993), New York Times (1851-2008), New York Tribune (1841-1922), Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002), San Francisco Chronicle (1865-1922), The Times of India (1838-2003), The Wall Street Journal (1889-1994), Washington Post (1877-1995).
  • ProQuest History Vault: Immigration: Records of the INS, 1880-1930
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    The files in this primary source collection cover Asian immigration, especially Japanese and Chinese migration, to California, Hawaii, and other states; Mexican immigration to the U.S. from 1906-1930, and European immigration. There are also extensive files on the INS’s regulation of prostitution and white slavery and on suppression of radical aliens.
  • Proquest Statistical Abstract of the United States
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    The Proquest Statistical Abstract of the United States is an annual summary publication of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
  • Sabin Americana, 1500-1926
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    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.
  • SimplyMap
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    This database from Geographic Research, Inc. enables non-technical users to quickly create thematic maps, reports, ring studies and location analyses using extensive demographic, social, business and marketing data from many sources including the US Census, Experian Simmons and more.
  • Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007
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    Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007* This resource is an important portal for slavery and abolition studies, bringing together documents and collections from libraries and archives across the Atlantic world. Close attention is being given to the varieties of slavery, the legacy of slavery, the social justice perspective and the continued existence of slavery today.
  • Social Explorer
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    Social Explorer allows users to visually display demographic data in the U.S. from 1790 through the present at a variety of geographic levels, create reports, maps and animations that can be downloaded.
  • South Carolina Newspapers
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    Accessible Archives provides access to four important 18th century South Carolina newspapers: The South Carolina Gazette (1732-1775), The South Carolina & American General Gazette (1764-1775), The South Carolina Gazette& Country Journal (1765-1775) and The Gazette of the State of South-Carolina (1777-1780).
  • U.S. History In Context
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    History Resource Center: U.S. provides integrated access to over 4,000 historical (primary) documents, articles from more than 30 reference titles, and over 110 full-text journals covering themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present. The material also includes citations from over 180 additional history journals from the Institute for Scientific Information's Arts and Humanities Citation Index, as well as the entire "American Journey Online" series.
  • USC Digital Library
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    The USC Digital Library (USCDL) is the digital repository for original research materials which have been selected for archiving by the Libraries. Content made available by the USCDL facilitates new and creative opportunities for scholarship and teaching by providing enhanced access to materials which feature and highlight the Libraries' holdings or from non-Library held collections identified in collaboration with members of the USC academic community. Accordingly, the USCDL provides a wealth of primary and original source material in a variety of formats. These may include, but are not limited to USC theses and dissertations; photographs; rare books, or portions thereof; manuscripts; source documents; sound recordings; moving images; data sets; 'born digital' documents; and digital representations of physical objects. USCDL content can be licensed or sub-licensed to parties outside of USC.
  • USC GeoPortal
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    The USC GeoPortal is a centralized repository of spatial data layers for use by USC faculty, staff, and students. The interface allows users to search, preview, map, and download geospatial data including including contours, land use, parcel data, and select census data for Los Angeles. For more details including complete data holdings, see the USC Spatial Sciences Institute.
  • Vanderbilt Television News Archive
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    This TV news archive provides access to broadcasts of the national networks since August 5, 1968. The core collection is comprised of evening news broadcasts from ABC, CBS, and NBC (since 1968), an hour per day of CNN (since 1995) and Fox News (since 2004). Special news broadcasts found in the Archive include political conventions, presidential speeches and press conferences, Watergate hearings, coverage of the Persian Gulf War, the events of September 11, 2001, the War in Afghanistan, and the War in Iraq.
  • Vogue Archive
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    A complete searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month. Every article, cover, photo shoot, illustration and advertisement has been digitized to the highest standard, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by designer and brand names.
  • Women’s Studies Manuscript Collections from the Schlesinger Library
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    This collection includes digitized primary source materials from the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College, divided into three topical collections: voting rights, national politics, and reproductive rights.The voting rights collection covers the suffrage movement between 1880 and 1920. The second set of records is divided in two parts, Democrats and Republicans, from the early 1920s through the 1960s, and contains a mixture of personal and official documents. The third collection includes the transcripts of oral histories taken during the 1970s in addition to the papers of Mary Ware Dennett and the Voluntary Parenthood League.