History

Subject Librarian
email Jesus Alonso Regalado

emailjalonso-regalado@albany.edu
phone(518) 442-3554
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Key Databases

America: History and Life

Covers the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistoric times to the present. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
1954 +
Updated:
Monthly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Gale Primary Sources

Alternative/Former Name(s) & Keywords: Artemis Primary Sources

Platform that searches across all Gale Primary Sources databases UAlbany subscribes to. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
18 and 19th centuries
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Historical Abstracts with Full Text

Covers the history of the world except for the United States and Canada from 1450 to the present. Includes all branches of history: political, diplomatic, military, economic, social, cultural, religious, and intellectual history and the history of science, technology and medicine. Also includes materials relating to the profession of history. Approximately 50% of the articles are from English-language journals. A good source for finding scholarly sources on international issues. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
1955 +
Updated:
Monthly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
JSTOR

Image backfiles of journals in humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. Includes the following collections: Arts & Sciences I through X, Arts & Sciences XII; Life Sciences, Iberoamerica and JSTOR Asia collection. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
Varies
Updated:
Varies
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Aggregate Search

Historical articles from six major U.S. newspapers: Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post.

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Coverage:
Boston Globe: 1872-1982, Chicago Tribune: 1851-2012, Detroit Free Press: 1831-1922, Los Angeles Times: 1881-2013, New York Times: 1851-2018, Washington Post: 1887-2005
Updated:
Annually
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users

Other Databases

African American Newspapers, The 19th Century

Searchable full text content of six major African-American newspapers published during the 1800s with specific emphasis on New York, and East Coast African American history, as well as Canadian history. Three of the newspapers were published in New York. Covers many aspects of 19th century cultural life and history and contains original source materials written by African-Americans for African-Americans. The more complete microfilm versions of some of these newspapers are held by the UA Libraries. An important source for research and fresh interpretation by undergraduate and graduate students, historians, sociologists, and educators. Descriptions of newspapers included here can be found at http://www.accessible.com/accessible/aboutus.jsp.. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
Freedom's Journal, New York, 1827-Mar. 1829.
Colored American, New York, 1837- 1841.
The North Star, Rochester, NY, 1847- July 1851.
National Era, , Washington, DC, 1847- Mar. 1860.
Frederick Douglass Papers (continuation of The North Star,) 1852 - Dec. 1856.
Douglass' Monthly, Jan.1859 - Aug. 1863.
Provincial Freeman, Toronto, ON, 1854 - Dec. 1857.
Updated:
The Christian Recorder, AME Church - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Toronto, ON, 1861 - Dec. 1887.
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Alternative Press Index

API includes newspapers, magazines, periodicals, free press or community based news, some of which chronicles "radical" and left of center perspectives as well as speakers noted from social justice and social change.

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Coverage:
1991+
Updated:
Quarterly
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
Limited to 2-5 concurrent users
Alternative Press Index Archive

Guide to alternative sources of information including radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazine. Coverage is international and interdisciplinary.

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Coverage:
1969 - 1990
Updated:
Archive is complete.
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection (Series 1-6 via Gale)

This collection brings the Series 1-5 previously distributed by EBSCO more firmly into the 20th century with titles running up to 1923. Going beyond the short date range in the earlier series, it includes the entirety of publishing history in the Colonies and subsequent United States. It extends or fills gaps in issues for approximately 45 titles previously digitized in Series 1-5 and adds more than 150 new periodical titles recently acquired by the AAS.

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Coverage:
18th-20th Century
Updated:
Static Archives
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
American County Histories to 1900 - New York

Electronic version of various New York Counties' history book published during the 18th century. It includes texts, maps and illustrations. The entire contents are full-text searchable.

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Coverage:
Varies
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
N/A
American History in Video

American History in Video provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion.

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Coverage:
1492-present
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
American Revolution Archives (Currently within fold3)

Subset of nine digital collections focusing on the American Revolution Period: Constitutional Convention Records, Continental Congress - Misc, Continental Congress - Papers, Foreign Letters of the Continental Congress, George Washington Correspondence, Revolutionary War Pensions, Revolutionary War Prize Cases - Captured Vessels, Revolutionary War Rolls and Revolutionary War Service Records. It includes primary sources related to seminal events leading up to the founding of the new nation and of the people involved in these crucial military and political struggles. The collections contains over 4.7 million pages of original historical documents culled from materials at the National Archives that pertain to the Revolutionary War, chronicle military strategies, and recount the lives of individual soldiers both during and after the War. It also contains foundational documents for the new nation including Papers of the Continental Congress, the official records of the original colonies and the early United States, Constitutional Convention Records, and many other historic documents representing and revealing the process of the Constitution's creation.

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Coverage:
Revolutionary period.
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users.
Atla Historical Monographs Collection

The ATLA Historical Monographs Collection includes two series that provide access to more than 29,000 titles focused on religion and theology. The majority of content dates from the 19th and early 20th centuries, a time of great doctrinal, social and organizational upheaval in American culture, making this collection an invaluable resource for scholars seeking to understand not only religious thought during this time period, but the general social, political and economic transformation of the country as well. User guide/tutorialIncludes Series 1 & 2.

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Coverage:
13th Century through 1922
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
The Atlantic Magazine Archive

The Atlantic Magazine Archive, 1857-2014 covers events and political issues through literary and cultural commentary. It includes more than 1,800 issues providing a broad view of 19th, 20th and early 21st-Century American thought. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
1857-2014
Updated:
none
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Black Abolitionist Papers

This full-text collection details the extensive work of African Americans to abolish slavery in the United States prior to the Civil War. Covering the period 1830-1865, the collection presents the international impact of African American activism against slavery, in the writings and publications of the activists themselves. The approximately 15.000 articles, documents, correspondence, proceedings, manuscripts, and literary works of almost 300 Black abolitionists show the full range of their activities in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Germany. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
1830-1865
Updated:
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Civil War Primary Source Documents

From the New-York Historical Society, Civil War Primary Source Documents is an archive of unique manuscripts chronicling the American Civil War as it was experienced. Providing both Northern and Southern perspectives, it covers all aspects of the war, including reactions and impressions from the home front. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
N/A
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Colonial America

A digital primary sources collection on early America, the Atlantic world, the Caribbean and the British Empire. Sourced from The National Archives in the United Kingdom. Colonial America will consist of 5 modules. UAlbany libraries currently provide access to the four first modules: Module 1: Frontier Life, Early Expansion And Rivalries (1606-1763), Module 2: Towards Revolution (mainly 1760s-1770s), Module 3: The American Revolution (mainly 1770s-1780s), Module 4: Legislation and Politics in the Colonies (1636-1782). Module 5: Growth, Trade and Development (1625-1801) User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
1606-1805
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
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 -EEBO contains over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard and Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661), and the Early English Tract Supplement. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
1473-1700
Updated:
Infrequently
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Ebony Magazine Archive

Originally published by John H. Johnson beginning in November 1945, Ebony has served as an influential African-American magazine promoting stories important to the black community and focusing on the achievements of African-American leaders. This fully searchable full-text archive provides analysis on African-American business, history, politics, entertainment, fashion and culture.

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Coverage:
1945-2014
Updated:
Static Archive
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

Database of English-language materials printed in the UK during the 18th century. Also includes limited foreign-language titles and many important works from the Americas. There are over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes) of books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides and more. Based on the English Short Title Catalogue.

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Coverage:
1700 - 1799
Updated:
Regularly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Empire Online

Spanning five centuries, and charting the rise and fall of empires around the world, Empire Online enables students and researchers to explore colonial history, politics, culture and society.It provides access to tens of thousands of pages of unique primary source material including maps, manuscripts, pamphlets, paintings, drawings and rare books.

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Coverage:
Late 15th to early 21st century
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
fold3 (Includes American Revolution Archives)

Subset of nine digital collections focusing on the American Revolution Period: Constitutional Convention Records, Continental Congress - Misc, Continental Congress - Papers, Foreign Letters of the Continental Congress, George Washington Correspondence, Revolutionary War Pensions, Revolutionary War Prize Cases - Captured Vessels, Revolutionary War Rolls and Revolutionary War Service Records. It includes primary sources related to seminal events leading up to the founding of the new nation and of the people involved in these crucial military and political struggles. The collections contains over 4.7 million pages of original historical documents culled from materials at the National Archives that pertain to the Revolutionary War, chronicle military strategies, and recount the lives of individual soldiers both during and after the War. It also contains foundational documents for the new nation including Papers of the Continental Congress, the official records of the original colonies and the early United States, Constitutional Convention Records, and many other historic documents representing and revealing the process of the Constitution's creation.

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Coverage:
Revolutionary Period.
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Gateway to North America: The People, Places, and Organizations of 19th-Century New York

From the New-York Historical Society, Gateway to North America: People, Places, and Organizations of 19th-Century New York is an archive chronicling the people and organizations of New York City during the 19th century. It is a unique collection of historical directories, member lists, travel guides and other resources. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
N/A
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration, and Cultural Exchange

Explores the histories of fifteen key commodities that changed the world through a wide range of manuscript sources, rare books, maps, advertising, paintings, photographs and ephemera.This resource focuses on the following fifteen significant commodities whose stories are often intertwined: chocolate, coffee, cotton, fur, oil, opium, porcelain, silver and gold, spices, sugar, tea, timber, tobacco, wheat, and wine and spirits. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
18th to 20th century
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Historical Statistics of the United States

The standard source for the quantitative facts of American history, covering population; work and welfare; economic structure and performance; economic sectors; and governance and international relations.

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Coverage:
Colonial times to 2000
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)

This database indexes both core and specialized journals (2,600) and books in the social sciences. Core disciplines covered are anthropology, economics, political science and sociology, with additional coverage in other social science fields. Thirty percent of the records are in languages other than English. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
1951 +
Updated:
Quarterly
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
The Listener Historical Archive, 1929-1991

The Listener was a weekly magazine established by the BBC in 1929. Over its sixty-two-year history, the Listener attracted the contributions of literary icons such as E. M. Forster, George Orwell, Bertrand Russell, George Bernard Shaw, and Virginia Woolf. It also provided an important platform for new writers and poets, with W. H. Auden, Sylvia Plath, and Philip Larkin being notable examples. Articles were diverse and combined reflections on politics and what was in the news with the arts, but not from any partisan clique. The online archive is a rich seam for researchers, politics, writing, theatre, and social observation, but it offers many delights for browsers as well.

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Coverage:
1929-1991
Updated:
Static Archive
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Maclean's Magazine Archive

Maclean's Magazine Archive, 1905-2015, is a digital collection of the leading Canadian news and general interest magazine. Providing a unique perspective on national and international news and culture, the magazine covers investigative reporting, opinion and analysis on politics, economics, technology and more.

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Coverage:
1905-2015
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Market Research and American Business, 1935-1965

This database provides an insight into the American consumer boom of the mid-20th century through access to the complete market research reports of Ernest Dichter, the era's foremost consumer analyst and market research pioneer. The collection includes information on some of America's best known brands, containing thousands of reports commissioned by companies such as Philip Morris, Chrysler, Exxon and CBS on consumer goods ranging from tobacco and broadcasting to cars and hotels. This digital primary sources collection could be useful in the following fields: advertising, consumerism, history, psychology, gender/women studies, and media.

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Coverage:
1931-1965
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Military & Government Collection

Military & Government Collection offers current news pertinent to all branches of the military and government through full-text coverage of over 300 journals. In addition it contains 200+ full text pamphlets and indexing with abstracts for an additional 500 journals. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
Varies
Updated:
Weekly
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
The Nation Archive

The Nation is an important clearinghouse of primary source material in America and around the world. The archive includes perspectives on news, politics, and culture from writers, artists, novelists, and playwrights. The Nation Archive is a fully searchable electronic version of the magazine's complete backfile, offering a 150-year archive of reporting opinion and criticism. The archive contains thousands of historic articles, editorials, letters, reviews, poems, and puzzles dating back to the magazine's first issue from July 6, 1865.

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Coverage:
1865-2020
Updated:
NA
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
The National Review Archive

National Review Archive offers complete indexing, abstracting and full text for the magazine dating back to the first issue in 1955. National Review has been an important American journal of opinion and has consistently provided readers with well-reasoned editorial commentary on critical issues.

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Coverage:
1955-2020
Updated:
NA
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
The New Republic Archive

The New Republic Magazine Archive is a digital collection of the prominent political and cultural opinion magazine, covering issues dating back to 1914. Providing full-text, indexing and abstracting, the archive is an essential tool for researchers of American politics, foreign policy, culture and arts.

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Coverage:
1914-2020
Updated:
NA
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Nineteenth Century Collections Online

A database of primary source collections for the 19th Century, primarily British and American, but includes material from other countries. It consists of monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, photographs, statistics, and other kinds of documents in Western and non-Western languages. NCCO is selective and material thematically grouped into Archives. Our access is to 7 archives: British Politics and Society; Asia & The West; British Theatre and Popular Culture; Corvey Collection of European Literature; Photography: The World Through the Lens; Women: Transnational Networks; and Religion,Spirituality, Reform and Society

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Coverage:
19th Century
Updated:
Static Archives
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
PBS Video Collection: Third Edition

The PBS Video Collection This collection assembles hundreds of the greatest documentary films and series from the history of the Public Broadcasting Service into one convenient online interface. A core of 245 titles, selected for their high quality and relevance to academic curricula, covers many educational disciplines, including history, science and technology, diversity studies, business, and current events. This collection provides access to the films and series users already know and trust, including Frontline, NOVA, American Experience, Odyssey, and films by Ken Burns and Michael Wood.

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Coverage:
N/A
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
The Pittsburgh Courier

One of the most nationally circulated Black newspapers, the Pittsburgh Courier reached its peak in the 1930s. A conservative voice in the African-American community, the Pittsburgh Courier challenged the misrepresentation of African-Americans in the national media and advocated social reforms to advance the cause of civil rights.

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Coverage:
1911-2002
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Tribune

Full-text of the Chicago Tribune from 1872-1989. Additional content added annually.

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Coverage:
1851-2012
Updated:
Yearly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Detroit Free Press

Full text (image) of the newspapers: 1831-1922

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Coverage:
varies by title
Updated:
annually
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Los Angeles Times

Full-text of the LA Times from 1881-2011. Additional content added annually.

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Coverage:
1881-2013
Updated:
Yearly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Boston Globe

Full text (image) of the newspapers: 1872-1982 User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
varies by title
Updated:
annually
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
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Coverage:
1851-2018
Updated:
Annually
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post

Full-text of the Washington Post from 1877-2003. Additional content added annually.

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Coverage:
1887-2005
Updated:
Yearly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Revolutionary War Era Orderly Books from the New-York Historical Society

Orderly Books were the controlling document of day-to-day military life. Revolutionary War Era Orderly Books from the New-York Historical Society is a unique archive of Orderly Books from between 1748 and 1817. An orderly book included official orders from upper chains of command to the lower units, and served as a way to transmit essential information to the troops in an era before mass communication.This primary source collection provides unique insights into how soldiers lived everyday life, as well as information about the particular locations the military units were camped and where they marched, offering first-hand accounts of towns and geography.

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Coverage:
1748-1817
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Salem History

A database that contains the complete content of printed history reference sets from Salem Press owned by the University Libraries. Currently includes: Milestone Documents of American History, Milestone Documents of American Leaders, Milestone Documents of African American Leaders, and the Encyclopedia of American Immigration.

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Coverage:
Varies
Updated:
Annually Access
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
U.S. News & World Report Magazine Archive

U.S. News & World Report Magazine Archive is valuable to researchers of 20th-century current events, politics and business, as well as those interested in the history of journalism, advertising and popular culture.

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Coverage:
1926-1984
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Women and Social Movements in the United States: 1600-2000

A collection of digitized documentary sources on women and social movements in the United States. The database includes published histories and records of women's reform organizations throughout the United States across the 19th and 20th centuries. The database features scanned original selections of books, pamphlets, and related materials from "One Hundred Years of the Women's Suffrage Movement," The History of Woman Suffrage (6 volumnes, 1881-1922); proceedings of the national conventions of female Anti-Slavery societies in the 1830's; proceedings of the women's rights conventions in the 1850's and 1860's; annual reports of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union; and local and national histories of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. Also included is Alexander Street's full-text author database Semantic Indexing and The Dictionary of Social Movements.

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Coverage:
1600-2000
Updated:
Quarterly
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Women and Social Movements: Modern Empire since 1820

Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires offers clusters of documents in nine categories: Asian Empires, 1842-2001, European Empires, 1820-2005, Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Empires in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1860-2015. Collection explores prominent themes in world history since 1820: conquest, colonization, settlement, resistance, and post-coloniality, as told through women’s voices. With a clear focus on bringing the voices of the colonized to the forefront.

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Coverage:
1820-present
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Workers, Labor Unions and the American Left in the 20th Century: Federal Records

Consists of a wide range of collections documenting the American workers and labor unions in the 20th century, with a special emphasis on the interaction between workers and the U.S. federal government.

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Coverage:
20th century
Updated:
NA
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
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