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Table of Contents:
Databases
Reference Sources
Internet Resources and Websites
Journals, Magazines, Newspapers
Statistics
Primary Sources
Archival Catalogs
Archival Records
Archival Repositories


Search databases and indexes to find citations and/or full text for online articles, books, images, or statistics.

American Civil War Research Database Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The definitive online resource for researching the individuals, regiments, and battles of the American Civil War. Includes military records for over 4 million soldiers, 4,000 regimental histories, 3,000 battle accounts and reports, 15,000 photographs, and much useful statistical information and analytical tools.


Black Thought and Culture Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text of over 1,200 books, essays, articles, pamphlets, and speeches related to African American history from colonial times to the present. Sources include published books as well as previously unpublished materials such as letters, correspondence, and interviews. In addition to searching by keyword, users can browse documents by multiple criteria such as author, title, date, subject, or historical event.


Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans 1639-1800 Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital collection of books, pamphlets and broadsides published in the United States between 1639-1800. Early American Imprints is the definitive resource for primary source research in early American history. Topics covered include agriculture, commerce, education, labor, medicine, military & foreign affairs, politics, religion, slavery, and much more. (download pdf)


Eighteenth Century Collections Online Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital collection of books printed in the 18th century, primarily in Great Britain. Subjects covered include history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more. (download pdf)
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In the First Person Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Index to letters, diaries, oral histories, memoirs, and autobiographies of over 18,000 individuals found in archival repositories and other scholarly collections. Provides citations and in some cases links to full text, audio, and video files that are freely available on the web (access to some texts requires a subscription).


Making of the Modern World Part I and II Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital collection of economic and business literature published from 1450 to 1914, providing historical insight on the political, social, and economic conditions of the modern era. Part I (1450-1850) provides full-text searching of an abundance of rare books and primary source materials, including: monographs, serials, political pamphlets, government publications, proclamations, and a wide range of ephemera. Part II (1851-1914) includes monographs, reports, correspondence, speeches, and surveys.


Women and Social Movements Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital collection of articles, essays, books, bibliographies, and primary source materials documenting the history of women's reform activities in the U.S. from 1600 to 2000.


Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other reference works available in print or online.

American Decades Primary Sources Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Cross-disciplinary source spanning the 20th century. Each volume in the set includes full or excerpted primary sources representing the seminal issues, themes, movements and events from a decade. Includes oral histories, songs, speeches, advertisements, TV, play and movie scripts, letters, laws, legal decisions, newspaper articles, cartoons, recipes, and more.


American Inaugurals: The Speeches, The Presidents, and Their Times Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Presents the inaugural addresses of United States Presidents up to 2000. Each entry includes a brief biography, a list of important events during that president's term of office, the actual text of the speech, and notable quotes.


Antebellum Era: Primary Documents on Events from 1820 to 1860 Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Discusses how America's pre-civil war press covered important national issues and events of the day. Using editorials, letters, essays, and news reports that appeared throughout the country, it reveals how editors, politicians, and other Americans used the press to influence opinion.


Contemporary Middle East: A Documentary History Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Offers researchers a look into the key events that have shaped the Middle East region since World War I.


Crime and Punishment: Essential Primary Sources Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Primary source documents related to crime and punishment from the 19th century to present. Each title contains approximately 175 full or excerpted documents---speeches, legislation, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, songs, and works of art---as well as overview information that places each document in context.


Early Republic: Primary Documents on Events from 1799 to 1820 Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Focuses on 26 pressing issues of the early republic. Each issue is presented with an introductory essay and multiple primary documents from the newspapers of the day, illustrating both sides of the debate.


Environmental Issues: Essential Primary Sources Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Primary source documents related to environmental issues from the 19th century to present. Contains approximately 175 full or excerpted documents---speeches, legislation, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, songs, and works of art---as well as overview information that places each document in context. International in scope.


Family in Society: Essential Primary Sources Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Primary source documents related to the family in society from the 19th century to present. Contains approximately 175 full or excerpted documents---speeches, legislation, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, songs, and works of art---as well as overview information that places each document in context. International in scope.


Gender Issues and Sexuality: Essential Primary Sources Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Primary source documents related to the history of gender and sexuality from the 19th century to present. Each title contains approximately 175 full or excerpted documents---speeches, legislation, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, songs, and works of art---as well as overview information that places each document in context.


Government, Politics, and Protest: Essential Primary Sources Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Primary source documents related to the history of social and political protest from the 19th century to present. International in scope, each title is devoted to one topic.


Human and Civil Rights: Essential Primary Sources Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Primary source documents related to the history of human and civil rights from the 19th century to present. International in scope, each title is devoted to one topic.


Immigration and Multiculturalism: Essential Primary Sources Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Primary source documents related to the history of immigration and multiculturalism from the 19th century to present. Contains approximately 175 full or excerpted documents---speeches, legislation, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, songs, and works of art---as well as overview information that places each document in context. International in scope.


Lucent Terrorism Library: America Under Attack: Primary Sources Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Offers eye-witness accounts of the September 11th attack, statements by President Bush, other world leaders, and the public both supporting and denouncing America's campaign against terrorism, and the effect the tragedy's aftermath has had on Americans.


Milestone Documents in American History: Exploring the Primary Sources that Shaped America Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Combines 130 full-text primary source documents with expert analysis and commentary.


Politics and Population Control: A Documentary History Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Covers a wide spectrum of issues from the threat of a population explosion, to birth control, women's rights, and lawmakers' desires to address social ills. Includes primary documents that illustrate population issues from the mid-18th century to the present.


Progressive Era: Primary Documents on Events from 1890 to 1914 Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Focuses on the issues of the Progressive Era through contemporary accounts of the people involved. A resource for students interested in the controversial and tumultuous changes America underwent during the Industrial Age and up to the start of World War I.


Social Policy: Essential Primary Sources Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A collection of primary source documents that focus on leading social issues of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. International in scope, each title is devoted to one topic.


States' Rights and American Federalism: A Documentary History Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The debate over states' rights versus federalism in America is one that has raged since our country's founding. Arguments over the interpretation of the Constitution and the meaning of power and its distribution among the states' governments echoes in governmental chambers even today. Students can trace the history and development of issues surrounding this debate, as well as the reactions to them, through this collection of over 65 primary documents.


Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Primary source documents focusing on international terrorism from the 19th to the 21st century.


Vietnam War: Primary Sources Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Contains letters, speeches, excerpts from memoirs, and reminiscences from a wide spectrum of participants and leaders of the Vietnam war.
Location: 1st Fl Reference DS557.4.H55 2001


World History in Documents: A Comparative Reader Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Presents historical documents related to key events in world history in comparative context.


Resources freely available on the Internet.

AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital collections of primary source documents related to U.S. history from 1400 to present.


American Memory (free resource) Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital collection of historical materials from the Library Congress. Includes a variety of manuscripts, pamphlets, images, audio and video recordings, maps, and sheet music that document U.S. history and culture. Users can search across all collections or browse by topic.


Avalon Project Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digitized collection of documents spanning ancient times to the present related to the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy and government.


Core Documents of U.S. Democracy Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Online access to "cornerstone" government documents such as the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence as well as legal and judiciary documents such as Congressional bills, Supreme Court decisions, and Code of Federal Regulations.


EuroDocs Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Selected primary source documents related to key events in European history.


History Matters Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Designed for high school and college teachers and students of U.S. history survey courses, this site serves as a gateway to web resources and offers unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents, and guides to analyzing historical evidence.


Making of America (free resource) Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. MoA is a collaborative effort of Cornell University and the University of Michigan.


National Archives Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Explore the nation's history through documents, photos, and records. Perform research on people, places, events and other popular topics of interest.


New York Public Library Digital Gallery Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Access to over 600,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.


New York State Digital Collections Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital collection of primary source materials held by the New York State Archives, State Library, and State Museum. Collections include photographs, textual materials, artifacts, government documents, manuscripts, and other materials.


New York State Historical Literature Collection Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digitized collection of selected monographs, pamphlets and other materials from from the Cornell Library's extensive collection of New York State Literature.


Journals and periodicals available online or in print at the CSI Library.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online, 1841-1902 Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle from 1841 to 1902.


Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Historical newspapers from the Library of Congress. Search and view newspapers from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.


Economist Historical Archive 1843-2006 Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text of The Economist, a weekly magazine of worldwide politics, business, and current affairs, from 1843 to 2006.


New York Times Historical (Proquest) Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2007. Recent issues available thru Lexis-Nexis. Additional holdings.


Readers' Guide Retrospective Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Index of popular magazines and general interest periodicals from 1890 to 1982. Great source of material on U.S. cultural history, including art, fashion, music, film, leisure, and sports. Includes titles such as Atlantic Monthly, Colliers, Harper's, Ladies' Home Journal, and Look. For literature published after 1982, see Readers' Guide Full Text.


Staten Island Newspapers on Microfilm Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
List of Staten Island newspapers available on microfilm in Archives and Special Collections, 1L-216.


Statistics and other numerical data related to the subject.

County and City Data Books (GEOSTAT) Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Online access to County and City Data Books from 1944 to 2000. Find population, income, health, and employment statistics for U.S. cities, counties, and states. Users can create customized data sets and printouts.


Historical Census Browser Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Demographic and economic data on U.S. states and counties from 1790 to 1960.


Historical Statistics of the United States Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Electronic edition of the 5-volume Historical Statistics of the United States. Find historical statistics on topics such as population, income, employment, education, crime, and economics. Users can export data to spreadsheets or create custom tables.


U.S. Census Bureau Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Official demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau covering births, deaths, education, employment, income, housing, and much more.


Resources for locating primary sources such as letters, manuscripts, diaries, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, and official records.

Milestone Documents in American History: Exploring the Primary Sources that Shaped America Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Combines 130 full-text primary source documents with expert analysis and commentary.


Search archival catalogs to locate primary source documents such as organizational records, manuscripts, letters, diaries, and photographs found in archival repositories.

Archival Research Catalog (ARC) Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Online catalog of the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) nationwide holdings in the Washington DC area, Regional Archives, and Presidential Libraries.


Archives USA Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Directory providing detailed information about archival and primary source collections from over 5,500 U.S. repositories. NOTE: This is a New York Public Library Resource. Only available on-site at the following NYPL branches: Humanities and Social Sciences Library; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Science, Industry and Business Library; The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit the New York Public Library


National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Catalog of over 500,000 records describing archival and manuscript collections in research libraries, state and federal agencies, museums, and historical societies throughout the world.


Repositories of Primary Resources Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A directory of archival repositories worldwide with links to websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources.


WorldCat Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Union catalog containing records of library holdings all over the world. Use WorldCat to locate books, journals, audio and video recordings, and archival materials held by other libraries. If an item you want is not available at CUNY simply click "Find It" to request an interlibrary loan.


Primary source documents such as organizational records, manuscripts, letters, diaries, and photographs.

Guide to Willowbrook State School Resources Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Guide to materials documenting the history of the Willowbrook State School, including books, reports, dissertations, and manuscripts.


Old Town Records Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Microfilm collection containing the official records of the autonomous towns and villages of Richmond County prior to their consolidation with New York City in 1898.
Location: Special Collections (1L-216)


Select archival repositories in the New York area.

Brooklyn Historical Society Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The BHS Library has a collection of research materials on the history of Brooklyn, that includes over 100,000 bound volumes, 60,000 graphic images, 2,000 linear feet of manuscripts, and over 2,000 maps and atlases. The library also holds family histories and genealogies, rare books, periodicals, serials, journals, personal papers, institutional records, and oral histories that document Brooklyn's many different ethnic groups and neighborhoods.


Center for Migration Studies Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The Center for Migration Studies of New York maintains a specialized library on international migration, refugees and ethnic groups. It includes over 27,500 volumes, 150 periodicals, 750 dissertations, 128 newsletters, 60 ethnic newspapers, 1900 conference papers, and 3700 journal article reprints. Researchers can expect to find substantial holdings on refugees and on subjects traditionally linked with human migration such as government policy, immigration law, internal migration, labor, minorities, ethnic groups, assimilation and population studies. In addition, the collection has a good selection of materials on related subjects such as education, health and mental health, multiculturalism, bilingualism, race relations, language, ethnic literature, and genealogy.


Historic Richmond Town (Staten Island Historical Society) Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Historic Richmond Town is a living history museum dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the history of Staten Island. The site is operated by the Staten Island Historical Society (SIHS) and includes a research library and archives. Please contact SIHS to make an appointment to visit the research library.


National Archives, Northeast Region Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Holds the records of regional offices of 80 Federal agencies and the Federal courts located in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands from 1685 to the 1990's. Includes census records, tax records, naturalization records, administrative records, court case files, and contracts.


New York City Department of Records Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Repository of New York City government records, including manuscripts, official correspondence, vital records, ledgers, moving images, photographs, sound recordings, maps, and architectural plans.


New York Public Library Archives & Manuscripts Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Several divisions in the NYPL Research Libraries hold archival collections containing a wide variety of primary source material, including manuscripts, diaries, photographs, sound recordings, films, videotapes, artifacts, and electronic records. Search NYPL's Archival Materials Access Tool (AMAT) to find archival materials held in branch libraries.


New York State Archives Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Official repository of New York State Government records. Contains over 100,000 cubic feet of archival records of New York State government (executive, legislative, and judicial branches), and to over 10,000 rolls of microfilmed archival records of local governments.


New York State Library Manuscripts and Special Collections Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The Manuscripts and Special Collections Unit of the New York State Library houses a collection of archives, manuscripts, rare books, maps, and ephemera documenting the history of New York State from the 17th century to the present.


New York University Special Collections and Archives Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Bobst Library's special collections and archives include the rare books and literary manuscripts from the Fales Library, the labor and radical history collections of the Tamiment Library, the New York University Archives, the Archives of Irish America, and the Research Institute for the Study of Man.


New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The N-YHS Library houses records and manuscript collections documenting New York City and State history from colonial times to the present. The collections include 2 million manuscripts, 500,000 photographs, 400,000 prints, 350,000 books and pamphlets, 150,000 architectural drawings, 20,000 broadsides, 15,000 printed maps, 10,000 newspapers and 10,000 dining menus.


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