Major Research Tools

America: History and Life

Time period covered: prehistory to present; publication coverage: 1954 to present.

Indexes journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations on the history and culture of the United States and Canada. Subjects include area studies, folklore, government, historiography, political science, popular culture, and urban history.

Historic Documents


Coverage: 1972-2016

Annual collection of primary sources covering significant events of the year. Includes materials such as speeches, international agreements, and reports from governments, NGOs, and other organizations. Each document is preceded by an introduction providing context and background.

History Matters

Full-Text, Gateway

Selective gateway to online U.S. history resources. Also includes first-person, primary documents and teaching resources. Searchable by keyword or topic.

History Research Tools - U.S. (General)


Skillman Library's links to major indexes and full-text collections covering multiple periods of United States history.

LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940

Archive of primary sources on the LGBTQ community, including historical records of political and social organizations founded by LGBTQ individuals, publications by and for lesbians and gays, and extensive coverage of governmental responses to the AIDS crisis. Documents span from 1940 to 2014, with the bulk from 1950 to 1990.

Other Suggested Research Tools

African American Newspapers, 1827-1998


Collection of digitized African American newspapers from more than 35 states.

Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980


Digitized collection of Spanish-language newspapers printed in the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries. Includes many titles published bilingually in Spanish and English.

Periodicals Index Online

Electronic index to millions of articles published in over 6,000 periodicals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, covering more than 300 years.

Readers' Guide Retrospective


Index of articles published in many different popular press magazines from 1890 through 1982.

Specialized Collections

AAEC Editorial Cartoon Digital Collection

Full-Text, Visual Resource

Collection of editorial cartoons created by members of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists. Most cartoons date from the 1960s and 1970s.


Visual Resource

Collection of over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Focus is on radio, television, transportation, beauty and hygiene, and World War II. See Emergence of Advertising in America for advertisements from 1850-1920.

American Radicalism


Collection of primary sources about 20th century radicalism in the United States from the Michigan State University Libraries. Includes resources related to the A.I.M., Asian Americans, birth control, the Black Panthers, the Hollywood Ten, the I.W.W., the Ku Klux Klan, the Rosenberg Case, Sacco and Vanzetti, the Scottsboro Boys, the S.D.S., and Wounded Knee.

Archives Unbound


Collection of seven different document archives covering Freedom Riders in the South (1961), Foreign Relations Between the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean States (1930-44), Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers (1942-45), the National Farm Worker Ministry (1939-85), the Mexican Revolution (1910-24), the National Domestic Workers Union (1965-79), and the U.S. Civilian Advisory Effort in Vietnam (1950-54).

Civil Rights Digital Library


Gateway to primary sources on the civil rights movement in the U.S., including films, oral histories, government documents, and editorial cartoons.

Civil Rights Documentation Project Oral History Transcripts


Collection of oral histories documenting the civil rights movement from the Tougaloo College Archives in Mississippi. Transcripts include biographical information and tables of contents.

Encyclopedia of Television

Full-Text, Reference

Encyclopedia of television programs, people, and history. From the Museum of Broadcast Communications. Originally published in 1997 (Ref PN1992.18 .E53 2004).

Foreign Relations of the United States


Collection of primary source documents from Presidential libraries, Departments of State and Defense, NSA, CIA, AID, foreign affairs agencies, and private papers of individuals involved in formulating U.S. foreign policy. Selected volumes online. Complete print version available in Skillman Library (Call No. JX 233 .A3).

Free Speech Movement Archives


Collection of primary sources related to the Free Speech Movement at the University of California at Berkeley (1964-65) and its aftermath. The site's resources are complemented by the online collection of the Bancroft Library's Free Speech Movement project.

Global Commodities

Primary sources such as manuscripts/diaries, rare books, maps, paintings, advertisements, company records, etc., covering the global history of 15 major commodities: chocolate, coffee, cotton, fur, energy, opium, porcelain, silver & gold, spices, sugar, tea, timber, tobacco, wheat, wine & spirits.

Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties


Compilation of U.S. treaties, laws, and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes from 1778 to 1971.

Internet Archive: Moving Image Archive

Gateway, Visual Resource
Gateway to a variety of film and video collections, including a collection of newsreels produced from 1929-1967 and short, ephemeral films from the Prelinger Archive documenting everyday life, culture, industry, and institutions in the United States from 1927 to 1987.

Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement: A Digital Archive


Primary documents on the mass internment of Japanese Americans during World War II created and collected as part of a research project initiated in 1942 at the University of California, Berkeley.

Landmark Decisions: A Century of Change (1856-1955)


Full text of eleven decisions reflecting the Supreme Court's changing attitude toward race, from Scott v. Sanford to Brown v. Board of Education.

Living Room Candidate


Collection of presidential campaign commercials from 1952 to present, organized by year and theme. Includes commentary, historical background, and election results. From the Museum of the Moving Image.

Medicine and Madison Avenue

Full-Text, Visual Resource

Images of 600+ health-related advertisements printed in newspapers and magazines from the 1910s to the 1950s. Ads illustrate the variety and evolution of marketing images for a wide range of products, such as: household cleaners, vitamins, pain relievers, and diet aids. Also includes historical documents (i.e. reports, editorials, radio scripts) that relate to the creation and influence of health-related advertisements.

National Archives Experience: Digital Vaults

Hundreds of primary source documents, photographs, drawings, maps, and other American history materials drawn from the holdings of the National Archives. Large collections on aviation and space, civil rights, Civil War, founders and founding documents, presidents, and World War II. Images can be used in papers and presentations.

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Books


Collection of declassified United States government documents on foreign affairs and national security since World War II. Documents are grouped by topic or region of the world and cover nuclear history, U.S. intelligence and government secrecy, humanitarian interventions, the 9/11 attacks, and more.

North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories


Coverage: 1784-2004, majority of content 1807-2002

Database documenting the experiences in North America of immigrants from across the globe. The collection can be searched by facets such as 'age when writing', 'point of departure', and 'occupation', etc. or can be browsed by place ('where written', 'where sent', 'discussed'), nationality, and personal events experienced.

Parallel History Project on Cooperative Security


Primary document collections related to the development of NATO and the Warsaw Pact during the Cold War, their mutual threat perceptions, and military plans.

Rutgers Oral History Archives of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Cold War


Collection of oral histories documenting the wartime activities of Rutgers College alumni and Douglas College alumnae.

Social Security Online History Page


Collection of primary source material related to the Social Security Administration from the 1930s to the present. Includes a detailed chronology, reports and studies, speeches and articles, Presidential statements, legislative histories, oral histories, and public information materials.

Wilson Center Digital Archive


Declassified historical materials from archives around the world covering the Cold War, Korea, and nuclear proliferation.

Women's Issues and Identities

Archive of primary sources documenting movements for women's rights throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century, including movements for suffrage and reproductive rights.