America: History and Life (EBSCO)
A complete bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. The database also includes citations and links to book and media reviews.
Contemporary Newspaper & Magazines
Civil War: Primary Documents on Events from 1860 to 1865America’s Historical Newspapers: 1690-1922 (Readex)
A digital collection of early American newspapers from 1690 to 1922, that includes the Philadelphia Inquirer
from 1860-1920.African American Newspapers: The 19th Century (Accessible Archives)
Includes the complete text of major 19th century African-American newspapers such as The Christian Recorder
(1861-1902), Freedom's Journal
(1827-1829), The North Star
(1847-1851), and the Frederick Douglass' Paper
For more information about African American print culture and readers read this article by Eric Gardner:
Gardner, Eric. "Remembered (Black) Readers: Subscribers to the Christian Recorder, 1864–1865.
" American Literary History
23, no. 2 (2011): 229-259.Historical New York Times: 1851-2009 (ProQuest)The New York Times
is a unique full-image archive that brings you the entire historical run of The New York Times
, in-depth coverage of science and politics. It offers complete coverage from 1851 to the present with the exception of the most current two years. Includes classified ads, comics and cartoons, photos, maps, graphics, etc., editorials and commentary.American Periodicals Series (ProQuest)
Search a selection of periodicals that first began publishing between 1740 and 1900, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines, and many other historically-significant periodicals.Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective (Accessible Archives)
Contains full-text of more than 11,000 articles from over 2500 issues of both Northern and Southern newspapers published between Nov. 1, 1860 and Apr. 30, 1865. Contains news articles, eye-witness and official reports of battles, editorials, advertisements, biographies and over 700 images of battlefield maps and illustrations.
Government Documents & Records
Ancestry Library Edition (ProQuest)
A vast collection of genealogical data which traces the history of millions of individuals going in some cases as far back as 1300. The collection consists of census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.
Data sets include the 1870 United States Federal Census
and the U.S., Colored Troops Military Service Records, 1861-1865.U.S. Congressional Serial Set: 1817 – 1994 (Readex)
Reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives from the 15th Congress through the 103rd Congress. The collection covers a wide range of subjects ranging from the Lewis and Clarke Expedition to the Three Mile Island nuclear accident and it includes approximately 56,000 maps. Documents of the first 14 U.S. Congresses can be found in the American State Papers
Falvey Library Catalog
Use the terms correspondence
in combination with personal names and/or with the phrases "civil war, 1861-1865" and "African American."
Sample search: correspondence and "African American" and "civil war, 1861-1865"
Sample search: narratives and "African American" and "civil war, 1861-1865"Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 (Gale)
Books, pamphlets, serials and federal and state government documents. The collection includes personal narratives from the Civil War.Black Abolitionist Papers: 1830-1865 (ProQuest)
The collected correspondence, speeches, sermons, lectures, editorials, society proceedings and poems of close to three hundred Black abolitionists including hand-written correspondence.
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