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Core Primary Sources

Contains 19th century American newspapers (including African American), US county histories, and notable magazines (Godey's Ladies Book, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, etc.)

Coverage varies by title

Full text articles from The Christian Recorder, The Colored American/Weekly Advocate, Frederick Douglass Paper, Freedom's Journal, The National Era, The North Star, Provincial Freeman, and Douglass Monthly.

1639 - 1900

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

1684 - 1912

Digitized American magazines & journals, detailing American history & culture. Topics include women's issues, health, science, the history of slavery, industry & professions, religion, the arts, etc. 

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.

Primary source collection on social, political, health & legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities internationally: covers the gay rights movement, activism, the HIV/AIDS crisis, etc.

Digital primary source collections on a wide variety of topics, countries, and time periods, from women's history and feminism, to civil rights, foreign policy, missionary societies, the Federal Writers' Project, etc.

1680s to 1930s

Searchable full text of hundreds of British periodicals from the late 17th century to the early 20th century.

1905 - 1975

Online archive of articles, editorial cartoons, photographs, advertisements, etc. from this important African-American newspaper.

Publications from the Church Missionary Society (CMS), the South American Missionary Society & the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society (CEZMS), 1804-2009. NOTE: PDF download options are not available during trial. Trial ends 5/6/16.

A five-part collection, to be released over five years, of all CO 5 class files at t The National Archives, UK. Consists of the original correspondence between the Board of Trade and Secretaries of State and the English, later British, colonies in North America and the Caribbean. NOTE: PDF download options are not available during trials.Trial ends 5/13/16.

1475 - 1700

Over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), and the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661). Includes Text Creation Partnership titles, which are fully searchable SGML/XML texts.


Digitized collection of rare books & incunabula; includes works from the national libraries of France, Florence & the Netherlands; the Wellcome Library (London); the Royal Library, Denmark, with more libraries set to join the program.

1701 - 1800

Includes every significant English- and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas.

Wide-ranging collection of edited correspondence, early 17th - mid-19th century, covering Europe, the Americas & Asia. Trials ends 5/17/16.


Full text compilation of Spanish-language newspapers printed in the US during the 19th & 20th centuries; includes many newspapers published bilingually in Spanish & English.

Primary source materials (manuscripts, books, newspapers, photos & images) documenting the historical experience, cultural traditions, and political status of indigenous peoples of North America.


Searchable, full-image archive of Japan's largest English-language newspaper.


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


A leading African American newspaper of the 20th century. Trial ends 6/30/16.

19th century primary source collections, including books, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, etc. covering civilization, commerce, culture, diplomacy, literature, medicine, music, politics, popular culture, science, theater, and technology in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Series 1: New Readerships: Women's, Children's, Humor and Leisure/Sports"; Series 2: Empire: Colonial, Travel, Culture, Missions.

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.


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.


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


Digitized records of the National Women's Party, the League of Women Voters, and the Women's Action Alliance.

Primary documents, books, images, scholarly essays, book reviews & teaching tools relating to US history, as seen through women's eyes.

More Primary Sources

Digital primary source collection focusing on African Americans in Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, plus North Carolina towns. NOTE: PDF download options are not available during trials.Trial ends 3/24/16.

1760 - 1900

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

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

Primary source documents in U.S. and international law, history and diplomacy.


Letters, telegrams, reports, treaties, etc. generated by the British Foreign and Colonial offices. Topics range from coastal trading in the early 19th c., the European scramble for Africa, World War II, colonial independence movements to apartheid in South Africa.

Letters, telegrams, reports, treaties, etc. generated by the British Foreign and Colonial offices. Topics include colonization, border disputes & wars, education, finance & commerce, political movements, economy & resources, relations with indigenous peoples & the slave trade.


Letters, telegrams, reports, treaties, etc. generated by the British Foreign and Colonial offices. Topics include the 19th century Egyptian reforms of Muhammad Ali Pasha; the Middle East Conference of 1921; the Mandates for Palestine and Mesopotamia; the Suez Crisis in 1956; the partition of Palestine; post-Suez Western foreign policy; the Arab-Israeli conflict; etc.

Letters, telegrams, reports, treaties, etc. generated by the British Foreign and Colonial offices. US materials: Prohibition, World War II, Lend Lease, Communism, the Ku Klux Klan, desegration, etc. Canadian materials: Railroads, fisheries, border disputes, the Hudson’s Bay Company, Native Americans, etc. Caribbean materials: Slavery, trade, agiculture, boundary disputes, health & disease, etc.

1789 - 1996

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

1450 - 1910

Primary sources from British & European archives on conduct & politeness; domesticity & family; consumption & leisure; education & sensibility; the body.

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.

Primary sources related to colonial history, politics, culture and society, from Columbus to debates on American Imperialism, in thematic sections: Cultural Contacts; the Literature of Empire; the Visible Empire; Religion; and Race, Class & Imperialism.

European primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated.

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.

Manuscript & printed works, c1550-1850, highlighting the influence of continental travel on British art, architecture, urban planning, literature & philosophy.

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.


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.

Color digital images of rare books, ads, cartoons, ephemera, maps and other materials relating to 18th, 19th and early 20th century London.

Digital primary source collection documenting the movement of peoples from Great Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe & Asia to the New World and Australasia. NOTE: PDF download options are not available during trial. Trial ends 3/24/16.

Some coverage from 1789+

Congressional Indexes, Publications, Testimony, Bills, Laws, and more. Includes Congressional Hearings Digital Collection, Part A: 1824-1979 and Part B: 1980-2003

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.


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


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 material on popular entertainment in America, Britain & Europe, 1779-1930, including spiritualism, circuses, music halls & theater, etc.

1840 to present

Digital primary sources, including conference proceedings, reports of international women's organizations, publications & web pages of women's organizations, plus letters, diaries & memoirs of women active internationally since the mid-19th century.

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.

Contains (each from their start to 2005): Better Homes & Gardens, Chatelaine, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, Parents, and Redbook.