American Studies

Core Primary Sources

1639 - 1900

Combines Early American Imprints, Series I and II (1639 - 1819) and American Broadsides and Ephemera (1760 - 1900)

1493-1945

Primary source documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection. Divided into two modules: 1: Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859 (available now) and 2: Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945 (due out mid- 2015). NOTE: No PDF downloads during trial. Trial ends 12/16/14.

Primary source materials relating to U.S. history and culture; includes 7 million digitized items from over 100 historical collections.

Digital primary source collections on a variety of topics, from women's history to witchcraft to Appalachian culture, feminism, civil rights, labor unions, the Federal Writers' Project, etc.

1450-1850

Covers social history, early commerce, trade, colonization, industry, political systems, revolutions, slavery, exploration, philosophy, and more.

1500-1926

Based on Sabin’s Bibliotheca Americana: A Dictionary of Books Relating to America from Its Discovery to the Present Time.  Full-text books, pamphlets, broadsides & documents, from sermons & tracts to legislation & literature. Covers all the Americas.

A gateway to distinctive digital collections and online exhibitions unique to Smith College.The collections feature images, audio, video, and text from multiple repositories and platform including the Libraries’ Special Collections, the Museum of Art, the Imaging Center, the Botanic Gardens, and select scholar collections

More Primary Sources

1760 - 1900

Facsimile broadsides & ephemera, from 1760-1900, with Civil War accounts, town meeting reports, trade cards, theater & music programs, menus, and more.

1935 - 1965

Thousands of reports commissioned by major US companies on consumer goods, providing the building blocks for historic ad campaigns for gasoline to foods to tobacco to Mattel’s Barbie Doll. Trial ends 10/15/2014. NOTE: No PDF downloads possible during trial.

18th - early 20th Century

Combines American Periodical Series (APS) and American Periodicals from the Center for Research Libraries, offering full text access to 18th - early 20th century American magazines and journals.

1789 - 1996

Searchable PDF access including predecessor publications: Congressional Globe, the Register of Debates, and the Annals of Congress. Coverage will expand through 2003.

Access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the U.S.

A collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century.

1639 - 1800

Early American books, pamphlets, and broadsides on agriculture, foreign affairs, diplomacy, literature, music, and religion. From Charles Evans' bibliography.

1801 - 1819

Books, pamphlets, and broadsides on every aspect of American life from 1801-1819. Shaw-Shoemaker's continuation of Charles Evans' American bibliography.

c. 1800 - 1920

Rare books, pamphlets & periodicals relating to US social & cultural history; strong on conduct & household management; contrasts urban & rural cultures.

1543 -1945

An international collection of books, pamphlets and periodicals on feminism & the women's rights movement worldwide.

Searchable digital collections, including photos (esp. the Howes Brothers Collection), objects, artifacts & maps; the Historic House Inventory, indexed plot map of the Old Burial Grounds & full-text of The Hampshire Gazette, 1786+ (in progress).

1789 - 1817

Original, digitized version of the minutes of the meetings of each chamber Congress, up to 1817. The official record of business on petitions, memorials, motions, bills, resolutions, and the votes on them. Predates the U.S Congressional Serial Set.

1849-1856

The first newspaper for women (ed. Amelia Bloomer 1849-1854, then Mary Birdsall 1855-1856). Initial coverage of temperance issues later expanded to include articles on child-bearing, education, and women’s rights, with many articles by Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

A digital library of primary sources in 19th century American social history; includes books as well as articles from 19th century magazines and reveiws.

1802 to 1995

Full text archive of hundreds of periodicals in the arts, humanities and social sciences from their first issues to 1995. For complete indexing use the Periodicals Index Online.

1665-1995

Index to thousands of periodicals in the arts, humanities and social sciences from their first issues to 1995. Full text of selected titles can be found in Periodicals Archive Online database.

1789 - 1866

A record of the U.S. Senate's closed session deliberations, mostly on two principal topics: treaties and nominations. Particularly useful for historical, foreign policy, and biographical research.

Contains primary source documents from the United States & Europe, as well as other parts of the world; formats include antebellum books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, images, and extensive archival material.

1840-1940

Primary source documents on major expositions. Covers architecture, fine & decorative arts, technology, industrial design, science, entertainment, urban planning, manufacturing, cultural history, etc.

1820-1926

Catalogs, pamphlets, advertising materials & ephemera, 1820-1926, on essential industries that emerged in the 19th & early 20th centuries, e.g. steam engines, railroads, motorized vehicles, agricultural/farm machinery, building & construction, mining, etc.

1817 - 1994

Reports, Documents, and Journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives provide a rich primary source material on all aspects of American history.

Primary source documents on women's social movements from 1600 to 2000.

Fully-digitized versions of books, manuscripts, pamphlets, consumer trade catalogs and photographs exploring women's roles in the US economy between the Civil War and the Great Depression.