Full Text Primary Source
listed below have been selected from the Databases
& Article Searching section of the Yale library web site. You may also
want to check publicly available web resources such as the American
Memory project of the Library of Congress and the Documenting
the American South project of UNC.
See the ALA
Sources on the Web guide for additional useful information.
Diaries and Letters
Archives: provides a searchable collection of American newspapers from
the 18th & 19th Centuries. Eras covered include the Colonial Period, the
French & Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, African-American
History, Industrial Revolution, and Genealogy.
Periodical Series: contains 1000 magazines published between 1741 and
1900. Titles include Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine, the first American
professional journals, and several consumer magazines still in publication,
such as Vanity Fair, Harper's, and Ladies' Home Journal. The search interface
allows you to search the complete text, including tables of contents, by boolean
and keyword operators. Articles are linked to the corresponding page images,
downloadable in PDF format.
a searchable internet database of The Augusta Chronicle newspapers dating
from 1792 to 2000, including editions of Daily Chronicle & Sentinel,
The Augusta Chronicle and Gazette of the State, and The Daily Chronicle
& Constitution. The archive shows the page as it was originally published
- with stories, photos and advertising.
American Newspapers: features cover-to-cover reproductions of hundreds
of historic newspapers, providing more than one million pages as fully text-searchable
facsimile images. This collection is based largely on Clarence Brigham's History
and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820.
The Civil War Era and Reconstruction (1857-1877):
Searchable full-text database of all the pages of Harper's Weekly during
the Civil War Era, Reconstruction I and Reconstruction II with scanned images,
together with a series of indexes.
Angeles Times: Historical Los Angeles Times (1881-1987) offers
full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue.
Digital Archive: includes every issue of The Nation magazine, America's
oldest continuously published weekly journal, founded in 1865.
Online access to articles from the New York Times, currently covering
from 1851 to the present.
complete digital edition of The Times (London) from 1785 to 1985. The
entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos
divided into categories to facilitate searching. Palmer's
Index to the (London) Times available through Historical
Street Journal: Historical Wall Street Journal covers the years
Post: Historical Washington Post (1877-1987) offers full page
and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue.
Letters, Oral History:
American Civil War: Letters and Diaries:
includes more than 400 sources of diaries, letters, and memoirs providing access
to thousands of views on almost every aspect of the war. The writings of politicians,
generals, slaves, landowners, seaman, wives, and even spies are included.
and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries: includes the immediate experiences
of 91 women, as revealed in approximately 24,000pages
of diaries and letters.
Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment:
this database, assembled from hundreds of primary sources, documents the relationships
among peoples and with the environment in North America from 1534 to 1850.
American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories: provides a
unique and personal view of what it meant to immigrate to America and Canada
between 1840 and 1950.
American Women's Letters and Diaries, Colonial-1950: includes the personal
experiences of 1,325 women, as revealed in their diaries and letters. When complete
the collection will include approximately 150,000 pages of published letters
and diaries from individuals writing from Colonial times to 1950, plus 6,000
pages of previously unpublished materials.
History Online: provides in-depth indexing to more than 1,800 collections
of Oral History in English from around the world. The collection also provides
keyword searching of more than 75,000 pages of full-text by some 2,500 individuals
from all walks of life.
Avalon Project at Yale Law School: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy:
digital documents dating from 122 B.C. to 2003.
Security Archive: contains more than 35,000 of the most important declassified
documents that led to policy decisions. There are twelve complete collections:
Afghanistan, Berlin Crisis 1958-1962, Cuban Missile Crisis, El Salvador, Iran-Contra
Affair, Intelligence Community, Iran Revolution, Military Uses of Space, Nicaragua,
Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Philippines, and South Africa.
American Imprints, Series I: Evans: Upon completion, Evans Digital will
consist of over 36,000 works issued in America from 1639 to 1800.
American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker: (1801-1819) provides full-text
access to the 36,000 American books, pamphlets and broadsides published in the
first nineteen years of the nineteenth century.
Canadiana Online (ECO): full text online collection of more than 3,000
books and pamphlets documenting Canadian history from the first European contact
to the late 19th century.
Primary Sources in U.S. History: comprises three full text modules---Access
to African American Studies, Access to Presidential Studies, and Access to Women's
Studies. The modules provide a range of sources, including autobiographies,
manuscripts, government documents, photographs and images, reference and scholarly
articles, and speeches, dating from 1788 to the present.
Cabinet Papers: contains ca. 30,000 original documents from the years
1957-1963, linked to fully searchable indexes.
of Modern Law: Contains legal treatises published from 1800-1926. Includes
more than 21,000 works on U.S. and British Commonwealth law.
of Modern Economics: Contains works of literature on economic and business
published in Europe and North America from 1450 through 1850.
Sources: contains the full text of over 250 volumes, including the Public
Papers of the Presidents, as well as 1,000 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions
from 1793 to 1998; 1,100 links to key documents of American History (1000 AD
to the present); all the National Party Platforms for each major party, 1840-1996;
17 classic political and economic writings.
and Social Movements in the United States 1600 - 2000: documents the
multiplicity of women's reform activities by bringing together thousands of
pages of books, images, and documents.
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