Contemporary Newspaper & Magazines
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) and Freedom's Journal
(1827-1829). 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- (ProQuest)Complete archive of The New York Times
from 1851 to the present with the exception of the most current two years.America’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.American Periodicals Series (ProQuest)
A selection of periodicals that first began publishing between 1740 and 1900.Washington Post Historical: 1877- (ProQuest)
Complete archive of the Washington Post
from 1877 to 1996.Civil War: Primary Documents on Events from 1860 to 1865Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective (Accessible Archives)
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.OpinionArchives
Online archives to leading journals of opinion such as Harpers Magazine, The New Republic, The Nation, Commentary, NACLA, Commonweal, American Spectator
and the National Review
Government Documents & Records
Ancestry Library Edition (ProQuest)
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.
from 1790 through 1940 and the slave schedules from 1850 and 1860 are available online.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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