United States (1800-1861): Specialized Collections

August 15, 2008

Primary Documents in American History

Important documents from U.S. history (e.g., Treaty of Paris, Missouri Compromise) with brief background information and links to other relevant primary materials. Provided by the Library of Congress.

August 15, 2008

Brooklyn Newsstand

Full text of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1841 – 1955) and Booklyn Life (1890 – 1924).

August 15, 2008

Women Working, 1800-1930

Digitized books, manuscripts, images, magazines, and catalogs from Harvard University libraries and museums on women in the U.S. economy from 1800-1930.

August 15, 2008

Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress

Contains approximately 2,000 items (16,000 images) relating to Douglass's life as an escaped slave, abolitionist, editor, orator, and public servant. The papers span the years 1841 to 1964, with the bulk of the material from 1862 to 1895.

August 15, 2008

Historic Pittsburgh

Collection of primary and secondary sources related to the history of Pittsburgh and the surrounding region from the 18th century to the early 20th century. The site, from The University of Pittsburgh, includes over 300 books, nearly 600 maps, census schedules, and a timeline.

August 15, 2008

Uncle Tom's Cabin & American Culture

Collection of primary sources that provide a context for understanding the place of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) in American culture. Includes representative antebellum texts related to Christianity, sentimental culture, anti-slavery, and minstrel shows as well as responses to the novel.

August 15, 2008

Bethlehem Digital History Project

Collection of documents related to the development of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, from 1741 to 1844. Includes community records, personal papers, visitors' accounts and maps.

August 15, 2008

Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920

Collection of over 9,000 print advertisements from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University. See Ad*Access for advertisements in Duke's collection from 1911-1955.

August 15, 2008

Dred Scott Case

Collection of 85 documents from Missouri's state courts related to Dred and Harriet Scott's legal battle to be declared free from their owner.

August 15, 2008

African American Perspectives

Collection of 351 pamphlets by African Americans and others from the Library of Congress's Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907. The bulk of the material was published between 1875 and 1900 and includes public orations, organization records, personal narratives, legal documents, and literary works. Topics covered include segregation, voting rights, violence against African Americans, and the colonization movement.

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