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Primary Sources (History)

Primary Sources

  • American Civil War Research Database

    Research the individuals, regiments, and battles of the American Civil War. Includes thousands of photographs.

  • American History in Video

    Video content is pulled from commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.  Historical eras range from discovery and exploration through the late 20th century.

    You may also be interested in the University Libraries own Moving Image Research Collections.

  • American Periodicals Series Online, 1741-1940

    Contains 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. This resource was acquired by University Libraries with generous contributions from the Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, USC-Columbia.

  • Archives Unbound

    Topically-focused digital collections of historic documents.  Collections we have access to include ones related to African Americans, the civil rights movement, Native Americans and the Civil War.

  • Artstor

    Provides access to over a million high quality images of art and photography, with descriptions and provenance. ARTstor covers many time periods and cultures, and documents the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, design, anthropology, ethnographic and women's studies, as well as many other forms of visual culture. Users can search, view, download and organize images.

  • Black Studies in Video

    Racial justice and diversity films. Features access to the SNCC Legacy Video Collection, a series of formal addresses, panel discussions and programs that took place at a conference commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.

  • Black Thought and Culture

    Includes full-text of non-fiction published works of leading African Americans and access to interviews, journal articles, and other material of 20th century topics, including politics, religion, history and sports.

  • Dolley Madison Digital Edition

    Dolley Payne Madison was the most important First Lady of the nineteenth century. The DMDE will be the first-ever complete edition of all of her known correspondence. Material continues to be added.

  • Early American Imprints Series I and II: 1639 - 1819 [Evans]

    Full text of over 70,000 books, pamphlets, and broadsides covering all aspects of American life from colonial times to the early 19th century.  It combines Evans (Series I and Supplement)  and Shaw-Shoemaker (Series II and Supplement).

  • Early English Books Online (EEBO)

    Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. 

  • Founders Early Access

    The thousands of letters and other papers presented here were penned by important figures such as James Madison, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson.

  • HarpWeek: Harper's Weekly

    The HarpWeek database contains all the pages of Harper’s Weekly (1857-1912) as scanned images, together with a series of indexes. HarpWeek is searchable by date, index terms, literary genre and occupation/role.

  • Hein Online

    Includes a wide variety of legal resources at the state, national and international levels as well as law journals, legal periodicals, and thematic collections of historical and legal primary source documents. All images in HeinOnline represent the exact page image of the original materials.

  • iPOLL (Roper Center)

    iPOLL is the largest source for opinion polling data.  Data covers 1935 to the present on a broad range of topics. Only polls of the United States population at the national level are included, but international datasets are available for immediate download.

  • LGBT Thought and Culture

    Documents the LGBT political and social movements throughout the 20th century and into the present day.

  • Life Magazine Archive

    Published by Time Inc., the archive runs from the first issue in November, 1936 through May, 2000, the last regularly published issue.

  • Listener Historical Archive, The

    The Listener was a weekly publication, established by the BBC in 1929 as the medium for reproducing radio - and later, television - programs in print. It is our only record and means of accessing the content of many early broadcasts. With major contributors including E. M. Forster, George Orwell and Bertrand Russell, it also provided an important platform for new writers and poets; W. H. Auden, Sylvia Plath and Philip Larkin being notable examples.

  • Loeb Classical Library Online

     Epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, and oratory; the great medical writers and mathematicians; those Church Fathers who made particular use of pagan culture—in short, our entire Greek and Latin Classical heritage is represented here with up-to-date texts and accurate English translations. More than 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts are available allowing readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content with ease.

  • Papers of Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Harriott Pinckney Horry Digital Edition

    The Papers of Eliza Lucas Pinckney (1722–1793) and her daughter Harriott Pinckney Horry (1748–1830) document the lives of two founding-era women who were members of one of South Carolina’s leading families.

  • Papers of the Revolutionary Era Pinckney Statesmen Digital Edition

    Collects the papers of brothers Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746–1825) and Thomas Pinckney (1750–1828) and their cousin Charles Pinckney (1757–1824).  It includes the complete contents of The Papers of Eliza Lucas Pinckney (1722–1793) and Harriott Pinckney Horry (1748–1830).

  • Presidential Recordings of Lyndon B. Johnson: Digital edition

    Nearly 5,000 hours of recorded conversations.  Essays on the War on Poverty, civil rights, and Vietnam present additional context.

  • Readers' Guide Retrospective, 1890 - 1982

    Readers’ Guide Retrospective indexes the most popular general-interest magazines published in the United States.  

  • Records of Antebellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War (ProQuest History Vault)

    Digitized plantation records from archival collections in South Carolina, Maryland, Louisiana, and Virginia, including correspondence, personal diaries, account books, and other business records. 

  • Sabin Americana 1500-1926

    Based on the landmark bibliography by Sabin, this collection contains works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 20th century. 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.

  • Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law

    Essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. Includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery.

  • Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice

    Brings together thousands of original manuscripts, pamphlets, books, paintings, maps, and images from 1490-2007 documenting key aspects of the history of slavery worldwide.

  • TLG, Abridged

    The Abridged version of the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae is open access and contains close to 1,000 works from 70 authors and uses the same search engine as the full TLG version. It provides access to the most important classical authors and a large number of patristic texts.  You must register in order to search.

  • World History in Video

    Video content is pulled from commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.  Historical eras range from prehistory through the late 20th century.  There is more content for Europe, Asia, and Africa than other regions.

    You may also be interested in the University Libraries own Moving Image Research Collections.

  • Women and Social Movements, International 1840 to present

    Primary sources (correspondence, diary entries, memoirs, pamphlets, proceedings of women’s international  conferences, etc) focusing on women's international activism since the mid-nineteenth century.  

  • Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000

    Brings together books, images, documents, scholarly essays, commentaries, and bibliographies, documenting the multiplicity of women’s activism in public life.