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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 African-American Poetry
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    A database of modern and contemporary African-American poetry from the early twentieth century to the present. This is a broad representative collection that reflects the diversity of modern African American literary traditions, including, subject to the granting of electronic rights by the print publishers, major figures alongside historically important writers and younger emergent poets.
  • Accessible Archives
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    This database provides full text access to a diverse range of primary source materials from 18th & 19th century America. The collection includes:letters, advertisements, editorials, sketches, county records, complete runs of important periodicals and much more. Titles of interest include: The Pennsylvania Gazette, the Virginia Gazette, The South Carolina Gazette,Godey's Lady Book, and The North Star.
  • African American Newspapers (1827-1998)
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    African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 provides online access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. This unique collection features papers from more than 35 states—including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles. Newly digitized, these newspapers published by African Americans can now be browsed and searched as never before
  • African American Newspapers: The 19th Century (Accessible Archives)
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    This collection includes articles from 7 important 19th century African American publications: The Christian Recorder, The Colored American/Weekly Advocate, Frederick Douglass' Paper, Freedom's Journal, The National Era,The North Star, and Provincial Freeman. The articles provide first-hand reports of the major events and issues of the day, including the Mexican War, Presidential and congressional addresses, Congressional abstracts,business and commodity markets, the humanities, world travel and religion.They also contain large numbers of early biographies, vital statistics,essays and editorials, poetry and prose, and advertisements.
  • 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 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 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 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.
  • Black Studies Center
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    The Black Studies Center provides access to several resources at once: Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP), 10 historical African American newspapers, Black Literature Index, 100 oral history videos in History Makers, and Black Abolitionist Papers (1830-1865).
  • Chicago Defender (Historical)
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    Robert Sengstacke Abbott founded the Defender in May 1905, and by the outbreak of the First World War it had become the most widely-read African American newspaper in the country, with more than two thirds of its readership based outside Chicago. When Abbott died in 1940, his nephew John Sengstacke became editor and publisher of the Defender, which began publishing on a daily basis in 1956. Full text of this newspaper is available in both the Black Studies Center and ProQuest Historical Newspapers databases.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
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    Ethnic NewsWatch now includes two collections: 1) Ethnic NewsWatch, a current collection (1990-present) of newspapers,magazines and journals from ethnic and minority presses. The publications offer both national and regional coverage. 2) Ethnic NewsWatch: A History(1959-1989), which includes over 30 full-text newspapers, magazines and journals, focusing on African American, Hispanic American, and Native American presses from 1959-1989.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • International Index to the Performing Arts Full Text
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    This database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 260 international periodicals, plus full text for more than 100 of the indexed journals. The database currently includes half a million records, the majority from the most recent ten years of each journal. IIPA covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, stagecraft, musical theater, circus performance, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic, performance art, film, television and more.
  • 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.
  • Paul Revere Williams, American Architect
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    Paul R. Williams (1894–1980), the renowned African-American architect in Southern California, is the subject of this collaboration of individuals and organizations in which the American Institute of Architects Memphis and the University of Memphis are the core institutions. He was the first African American member of the AIA and the first to become a Fellow (FAIA).The site, which includes numerous images and a 1,500 item bibliography, accompanies a 2010 exhibition at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis.
  • 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.
  • Proquest History Vault
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    History Vault is created from primary source materials from the University Publications of America (UPA) Collections. History Vault takes microfilm and puts it in a digital format. These are collections that include valuable primary source documents which have not been widely distributed or digitized. Module I is sub-titled: The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century, Federal Government Records; Module II is sub-titled: The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century, Organizational Records and Personal Papers; and Module III is sub-titled: The Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy, 1960-1975. Four additional modules are planned for future release.
  • ProQuest History Vault: Slavery and the Law
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    Documents in Series I: Petitions to State Legislatures, 1777-1867 include primary source materials digitized from the state archives of Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. The collection includes nearly all existing legislative petitions on the subject of race and slavery. Documents in Series II: Petitions to Southern County Courts, 1777-1867 were collected from local courthouses, and show the realities of slavery at the grassroots level in southern society. This collection also includes State Slavery Statutes, a master record of the laws governing American slavery from 1789–1865.
  • ProQuest History Vault: Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century
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    ProQuest History Vault: Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century Provides access to 3 primary source modules: (1) Federal Government Records - contains agency records, covering some of the major events of the civil rights movement. (2) Organizational Records and Personal Papers, Part 1 - Includes papers and records of various individuals and civil rights organizations, including: Claude A. Barnett's Associated Negro Press, Mary McLeod Bethune¹s National Association of Colored Women¹s Clubs, the Revolutionary Action Movement and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers. (3) Organizational Records and Personal Papers, Part 2 - Includes the records of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Africa-related papers of Claude Barnett, the Robert F. Williams Papers, the papers of Chicago Congressman Arthur W. Mitchell, the Chicago chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality, and records pertaining to the Mississippi Freedom Summer.
  • 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.
  • SAGE eReference
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    Sage e-Reference is a full-text collection of over 80 online specialized encyclopedias in the social sciences, including communications, gender studies, social work, history, psychology, etc. Search one encyclopedia, or all of them simultaneously.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Virginia Gazette (Accessible Archives)
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    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. Contains news covering all of Virginia and also included information from other colonies, Scotland, England and additional countries. The paper appeared in three competing versions from a succession of publishers over the years, some published concurrently, and all under the same title.