Selected Encyclopedias and Biographical Dictionaries

Encyclopedia of American Social Movements
A-Z list of American social movements and primary source archive.

Dictionary of American History
Standard reference work on American history.

American National Biography Online (Oxford University Press)
Short and authoritative biographies on important figures in American history.

Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia
Presents biographies of women worldwide.

Primary Sources

  New York Times: 1851- (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

  America's Historical Newspapers (Readex)

  American History Collection (Rotunda - University of Virginia Press)

  African American Newspapers: The 19th Century (Accessible Archives)

  Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective (Accessible Archives)


  Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs (ProQuest)

  Black Abolitionist Papers (ProQuest)

  U.S. Congressional Serial Set: 1817–1994 (Readex)

  Making of the Modern World, Part I, 1450-1850 (Gale)

  Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 (Gale)

  Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819 (Readex)

  First-Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920

  Chicago Anarchists on Trial: Evidence from the Haymarket Affair 1886-1887

  Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930

  Slaves and the Courts 1740-1860

Digital Primary Sources in the Catalog

The catalog functions as a gateway to many of the library's digital primary source collections, such as Early American Imprints and the Gerritsen Collection. Try the sample searches below to discover primary sources on social movements in the library's digital collection. Use the format facet on the results screen to limit to digital sources.
subject search >> temperance and speeches
subject search >> antislavery movements and sources
subject search >> women suffrage
subject search >> labor movement
subject search >> prisons Pennsylvania

Secondary Sources

  Falvey Library Catalog

  WorldCat (FirstSearch)

  America: History and Life (EBSCO)

  Dissertations and Theses Global (ProQuest)

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