United States (1800-1861): Specialized Collections

August 15, 2008

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.

August 15, 2008

Museum of the City of New York Virtual Exhibitions

Collection of online exhibitions about New York City.

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

U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

Records of the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and the 1st-43rd United States Congresses.

August 15, 2008

Documenting the American South

Collection of primary sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the late colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century. Includes collections of slave narratives, Southern literature, and materials related to the church in the black community.

August 15, 2008

Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection

Extensive collection of pamphlets and leaflets relating to the anti-slavery struggle. Hosted by the Cornell University Library.

August 15, 2008

Secession Era Editorials Project

Newspaper editorials on the Kansas-Nebraska Bill (1854), the caning of Senator Charles Sumner (1856), the Dred Scott Case (1858), and John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry (1859). Provided by the Department of History at Furman University.

August 15, 2008

Valley of the Shadow

Collection of resources documenting two Shenandoah Valley communities in the years before, during, and after the Civil War. Contains searchable newspapers, population census data, agricultural census data, manufacturing census data, slave owner census data, tax records, letters and diaries, images, maps, church records, and military rosters.

August 15, 2008


Full text of Harper's Weekly with extensive indexing of articles, illustrations, and advertisements.


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