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America: History & Life: selected full-text

U.S. and Canadian history and culture from prehistoric times to the present.


American History, 1493- 1945

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s archive of letters, diaries, maps pamphlets, printed books, newspapers and ephemera sheds light on the political, economic and social history of the United States up until the 20th Century. The majority of the collection is unique manuscript. It is an extensive resource for scholars, educators and students and is considered one of the finest archives for material on the revolutionary, early national, antebellum and civil war eras.


American Indian Movement & Native American Radicalism Archive

Digital archive of 14,000+ FBI documents detailing the development of the American Indian Movement and the rise of Native American radicalism. 


American Periodicals Series Online

American Periodicals Series Online™ (APS Online) includes digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals published from colonial days to the dawn of the 20th century. Titles range from Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine and America's first scientific journal, Medical Repository; popular magazines such as Vanity Fair and Ladies' Home Journal; regional and niche publications; and groundbreaking journals like The DialPuck, and McClure's.


Biblical Archaeology Review: 1975 - present, full-text

Covering Biblical Archeology review, Bible Review, and Archeology Odyssey.


British Periodicals:1680's to 1930's

This digital archive contains 500 periodicals published from the 1680s to the 1930s.  British Periodicals Collection I consists of more than 160 journals that comprise the UMI microfilm collection Early British Periodicals, the equivalent of 5,238 printed volumes containing approximately 3.1 million pages. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts and the social sciences. British Periodicals Collection II consists of more than 300 journals from the UMI microfilm collections English Literary Periodicals and British Periodicals in the Creative Arts together with additional titles, amounting to almost 3 million pages. Topics covered include literature, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture.


Cecil Archive

Collection of almost 30,000 documents gathered by William Cecil (1520-1598), Lord Burghley and his son Robert Cecil (1563-1612), First Earl of Salisbury. This important collection includes many 16th- and 17th-century state papers, grants from the Crown, legal documents, treaties, correspondences and political memoranda.  One of Elizabeth I’s closest advisors, William Cecil was both Lord High Treasurer and Secretary of State – a position also held by his son who continued to serve Elizabeth’s successor, James I. Occupying some of the highest offices of state in the land, these men were at the heart of events during one of the most dynamic periods in western history.


Chronicling America

Search historic Montana newspapers, covering 1800s-present.


Civil War Era Archive

ProQuest Civil War Era is the resource American history scholars have been waiting for--comprehensive primary source materials that were previously unavailable digitally, cover a vast range of topics including the formative economic factors and other forces that led to the abolitionist movement, the 600,000 battle casualties, and the emancipation of nearly 4 million slaves.  Includes contemporary pamphlets, newspapers, and other primary source documents.


Colonial America Archives

Millions of primary source documents related to life in the American colonies from the British National Archives in London.


Colonial State Papers

This growing collection offers insight into the colonial history of North America and the West Indies. It includes the National Archives collection CO 1-- papers that were presented to the Privy Council and the Board of Trade during 1574-1757. More than 7,000 hand-written documents and more than 45,000 bibliographic records give fascinating insight into British trade, history and overseas expansion between the 16th and 18th centuries.


Congressional Quarterly Historic Documents: 1972 - present, full-text

Covering the most significant events of the year.  These documents range from presidential speeches, international agreements, and Supreme Court decisions to U.S. governmental reports, scientific findings, and cultural discussions.


Congressional Record: 1789-2001

Full text and imaging of the Congressional Record, the official record of the debates and proceedings of the U.S. Congress.  Covers 1789-2001.  Current Congressional Record issues may be searched and browsed here:


Early American Newspapers (Seris 1, 2, 6 & 10)

Hundreds of early American Newspapers, covering colonial Period through WWI.


Eighteenth Century Collections Online

Every significant English-language and foreign-language title prionted in the UK in the 18th century, with thousands of important works from the Americas.


Encyclopedia of Ancient History

Unparalleled in scope with over 5,000 original, peer-reviewed articles, the Encyclopedia covers subjects ranging from the ancient Near East to Pharaonic Egypt, the Roman Republic, and Late Antiquity.


Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

Primary sources for film, broadcasting, popular music and theatre, 1880-2000


Everyday Life and Women in America, c1800- 1920

This collection is an unparalleled resource for the study of American social, cultural, and popular history during the 19th and early 20th centuries. It comprises thousands of fully searchable images (alongside transcriptions) of monographs, pamphlets, periodicals and broadsides addressing political, social and gender issues, religion, race, education, employment, marriage, sexuality, home and family life, health, and pastimes.


Founders Archive

119,000+ searchable documents, fully annotated, from the authoritative, federally funded Founding Fathers Papers project.  Includes correspondence and other writings of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison.


Historical Abstracts: selected full-text

Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, featuring coverage of academic historical journals in over 40 languages since 1955.


History Reference Center: full-text

More than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers. Also includes full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, as well as nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 37,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.


History Vault: full-text

Contains millions of primary source documents in the areas of American Politics/Society from Kennedy to Watergate; Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century; NAACP Papers; Slavery and the Law; Southern Life and American History, 1775-1915; Struggle for Women's Rights, 1880-1990; World War II (US Documents on Planning, Operations, Intelligence, Axis War Crimes, and Refugees); and Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy, 1960-1975.


Japanese American Relocation Camp Newspapers

Digital collection of 25 newspapers documenting daily life in Japanese internment camps during WWII.


JSTOR: Dates vary, full-text

A digital archive collection of over 600 core scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, social sciences, business, basic science, life sciences, and physical and applied sciences. Often starts with the first issues (many of which date from the 1800s).


Montana Memory Project:

The Montana Memory Project provides access to digital collections and items relation to Montana's cultural heritage and government.  These collections and items document the Montana experience.  Many of these items are digitized copies of historic material, some items are contemporary.  All serve as a resource for education, business, pleasure, and lifelong learning.


Montana Newspapers

Montana Newspapers is a freely accessible web resource by the Montana Historical Society. This full-text searchable database contains 352,797 pages from 44 Montana newspapers dated 1885-2014.


New York Times:(1851-2009)

The full text of the New York Times from its first issue in 1851 to 2009 (will always have a two year lag from the present).  Images of the actual texts of articles and of the full page on which the articles appear are included. Supplements, including the Magazine and the Book Review, are also included. 


Nineteenth Century Collections Online:

Digital archives  of maps, photographs, newspapers, manuscripts, books, and other primary sources documenting the history of the 19th century.  MSUB Library access includes "Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization & Conquest," "Photography: The World through the Lens," and "Women: Transnational Networks."


Revolutionary War Archives

Original documents including The Papers of the Continental Congress, Revolutionary War Pensions, George Washington Correspondence, and Constitutional Convention Records.


San Francisco Chronicle:(1865-1922)

Full page and article images (pdf) of the San Francisco Chronicle.


Slavery & Anti-Slavery Archive:full-text

An archive of books, pamphlets, court records, and manuscript materials consisting of debates on slavery and abolition. Includes records from the American Colonization Society, from Oberlin's Anti-Slavery collection, from the American Missionary Society (Tulane), and records from the Library of Congress, the National Archives, Yale, Oxford, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and other archives.


Testaments to the Holocaust

Fully searchable accounts of life in Nazi Germany, along with photographs, propaganda materials such as school textbooks, limited circulation publications and rare serials in a uniquely flexible format, enabling detailed research into the domestic policies of Nazi Germany, Jewish life in Germany from 1933 to after the war, propaganda, life in concentration camps, in hiding, emigration and refugee life.


Trench Journals & Unit Magazines of WWI: full-text

An archival research resource containing a vast collection of rare magazines by and for servicemen and women of all nations during the First World War. Over 1,500 periodicals written and illustrated by serving members of the armed forces and associated welfare organisations published between 1914 and the end of 1919 are included.


U.S. Congressional Serial Set:1817-1994

The Serial Set contains House and Senate Documents as well as House and Senate Reports.  The reports are typically from congressional committees dealing with proposed legislation and issues under investigation.  The documents include all other papers printed by the House or Senate.  Documents cover a wide variety of topics and may include reports of executive departments and independent organizations, reports of special investigations made for Congress, and annual reports of non-governmental organizations.


Vogue Archive: 1892-present

Entire run of Vogue from the first issue in 1892 to the present.  Entire issues reproduced, including articles, advertisements, covers, and fold-outs.  Perfect for art, fashion, history, advertising, and design research.


Web of Science: 1900 - present

Access the world’s leading scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities and examine proceedings of international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions.  Includes Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index.


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Academic Search Complete:1975 - present, full-text

Comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 7,100 full-text periodicals, including more than 6,100 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 11,200 journals and a total of more than 11,700 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,300 journals.


MasterFILE Complete: full-text

Contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags.


Project MUSE

100% full-text, user-friendly online access to over 300 high quality humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from 60 scholarly publishers.