The City: New York  

Spring 2012

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-112; Carol C. Clark (Section 01)Karen J. Sanchez-Eppler (Section 02)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Missy Roser.

  • Overview
  • Databases


Census topic guide
Overview of what information is available at Amherst and how to use it

Neighborhood map
From the New York Department of City Planning

New York wards, 1800-1910 (rough sketch)

David Rumsey Collection historical maps of Manhattan

Atlases of New York City, 1852-1923
From the NYPL; browse through to find Manhattan ones, and don't miss the Insurance set, 1892-1913

Obtaining Enumeration Districts (and wards) for 1880-1940 Census
Use the dropdown to choose your year, the enter street name and cross-street; click on EDs to see specifics and ward info, if necessary, in box

Ancestry Library
Access to more than 1.2 billion names, primary source documents, census records, and images and a variety of genealogical and historical research features.

Social Explorer
Free version of tool that incorporates historical census data in map interface

Decennial Census Questions and Instructions, 1790-2000

Historical Census Browser
State and county topics in map or table form, 1790-1960

Census of the United States (print), AC Frost Stacks HA201 [year]

Decennial Census Reports, digitized from print

Community data and maps from the University Neighborhood Housing Program

NYC Community Data Portal

Encyclopedia of New York City (print), AC Frost Reference / F128.3 .E75 1995

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

ProQuest Search Platform
Cross-searches all content from the Library's subscribed ProQuest databases

America, History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

America's Historical Newspapers (1690-1980)
Searchable archive of American newspapers including Early American Newspapers (1690-1922) and Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980).

American Periodicals (1740-1940)
Digitized reproductions of more than 1,100 18th and 19th century newspapers and periodicals.

Ethnic NewsWatch (1959 to present)
News and analysis from ethnic popular and scholarly publications.

New Yorker archive, 1925-

New York Times, 1923-current, 1851-2008

Old Maps Online
Search or browse for New York across multiple historical collections by date