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  • African American Newspapers (Readex) (1827-1998)
    Provides access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers from more than 35 states and chronicles a century and a half of the African American experience.
  • Aluka
    Digital resources and data in three major content areas: African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes, The African Plants Initiative and Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa.
  • American Antiquarian Society (AAS) historical periodicals collection (1684-1912)
    A comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912. Subject coverage includes: advertising, health, women's issues, science, the history of slavery, industry and professions, religious issues, culture and the arts, and more.
  • American Periodicals (1740-1940)
    Digitized reproductions of more than 1,100 18th and 19th century newspapers and periodicals.
  • American Slavery Collection (1820-1922)
    This digital edition of the American Antiquarian Society's holdings of slavery and abolition materials delivers more than 3,500 works published over the course of more than 100 years.
  • American State Papers (1789-1838)
    Full-image database of legislative and executive documents of Congress. Continued by U.S. Congressional Serial Set.
  • America's Historical Newspapers (1690-1980)
    Searchable archive of American newspapers including Early American Newspapers (1690-1922) and Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980).
  • Amherst College Digital Collections
    Digitized art works, photographs, manuscripts, books, and other media from Amherst College Archives & Special Collections and the library’s Art & Architecture Collection.
  • 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.
  • ArchiveGrid
    Primary-source collection descriptions from WorldCat records and archival finding aids.
  • British Periodicals
    Searchable full text of hundreds of British periodicals from the late 17th century to the early 20th, with high-resolution facsimile page images.
  • Caribbean Newspapers (1718-1876)
    Fully searchable digitized collection of 18th- and 19th-century Caribbean newspapers, including 66 titles from 22 islands
  • Congressional Publications
    Index to U.S. congressional material, some full text.
  • Documents on British Policy Overseas
    Documents on British Policy Overseas provides users with access to a wide range of primary source documents from Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, shedding light on diplomatic history throughout the twentieth century
  • Early American Imprints, Series I (1639-1800)
    Books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints listed in the renowned bibliography by Charles Evans.
  • Early American Imprints. Series II, Shaw-Shoemaker (1801-1819)
    Books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints listed in the distinguished bibliography by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker.
  • EEBO: Early English Books Online (1473-1700)
    Full text of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), and the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661).
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) (1701-1800)
    Page images and full-text searching for more than 136,000 key English- and foreign-language titles printed in Great Britain during the 18th century, based on the English Short Title Catalogue.
  • Electronic Enlightenment (18th century)
    Full text of over 53,000 letters and documents from the best critical editions.
  • FBIS: Federal Broadcast Information Service (1974-1996)
    News in translation (by the CIA) from radio, television, and newspapers around the world.
  • Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980)
    Full-text collection of Spanish-language and bilingual newspapers printed across the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Historical Chinese Newspapers (ProQuest)
    English-language newspapers published in China. It spans 1832-1953, with most content from 1910-1940.
  • Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
    Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, Chinese Newspaper Collection, Los Angeles Times, New York Amsterdam News, New York Times, Times of India, and Washington Post.
  • Latin American Newspapers (1805-1922)
    Provides more than thirty-five fully searchable newspapers published in Central and South American between 1805-1922.
  • Making of the Modern World (1450-1914)
    Primary source materials (including broadsides and pamphlets, serials, and monographs) tracing British and US economic history from 1450-1914
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) (1780-1925)
    Full-text, searchable content from a broad range of 19th-century sources in literature, politics, theater, music, religion, maps, science, and childhood
  • North American Indian Thought and Culture
    Provides access to autobiographies, biographies, Indian publications, oral histories, personal writings, photographs, drawings, and audio files that were previously unpublished. It includes fifty-four volumes from the 18th and 19th centuries with many prominent writers and nations covered in depth, in addition to photographs from Edward Curtis.
  • Sixties: primary documents and personal narratives 1960-1974
    Resource brings the 1960s alive through diaries, letters, autobiographies and other memoirs, written and oral histories, manifestos, government documents, memorabilia, and scholarly commentary.
  • Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice (1490-2007)
    Thousands of pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and images documenting the varieties and legacy of slavery, the social justice perspective, and the continued existence of slavery today.
  • South Asia Archive
    A fully searchable digital archive providing online access to documents ranging from the mid-18th to the mid-20th Century.
  • Stalin Digital Archive
    Primary source materials from Stalin's personal papers and monographs on communism. Includes Russian State Archive of Social and Political History documents and the Annals of Communism series.
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1976)
    Reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Preceded by American State Papers.
  • Vietnam War and American foreign policy (ProQuest History Vault) (1960-1975)
    A collection of primary sources covering everything from early U.S. involvement in the region up to the final resolution of the war at the Paris Peace Talks and the evacuation of U.S. troops in 1973
  • Women's Magazine Archive
    A searchable archive of leading women's interest magazines, dating from the 19th century through to the 21st.
  • Zasshi kiji sakuin shusei detabesu (1868 to present)
    Index to periodical articles published in Japanese, including those in former Japanese colonies, and including local periodicals not present in many other indexes.
  • Alt-PressWatch (1970 to present)
    Full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the alternative and independent press.
  • Alternative Press Index (1969 to present)
    Covers alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch (1959 to present)
    News and analysis from ethnic popular and scholarly publications.
Find images and streaming audio and video in these collections (also see the Images Research Guide).
  • American Song
    Nearly 7,000 albums of music from America's past, including civil rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, wars, and more.
  • ARTstor
    Image database including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.
  • Bridgeman Education
    A visual resource offering digital images of art, history, and culture from museums, galleries, private collections, and contemporary artists.
  • Kanopy Streaming Video
    Kanopy offers a broad selection of thousands of streaming films, documentaries, and theatrical releases covering a wide variety of subject areas, with additional new releases launched monthly. If close-captioning is not included, it can be requested. Interactive transcripts are included. Note that US feature films are not typically part of the Kanopy offerings.

The Celtic spirit and literature (Clunie, Grace, author.) Frost Library; CB206 .C58 2015

Ritual and archaic states Frost Library; CB311 .R58 2016

Authority of images Frost Library; CB351 .S83 v.53

Age of discovery : navigating the risks and rewards of our new renaissance (Goldin, Ian, 1955-, author.) Frost Library; CB430 .G66 2016

Changing perceptions of nature Frost Library; CB460 .C48 2016

Cultural emergency in conflict and disaster Frost Library; CC135 .C82 2011

The archaeology of darkness Frost Library; CC72.4 .A7346 2016

Conflict landscapes and archaeology from above Frost Library; CC77.M55 C66 2016

Commercialised history Frost Library; D13.5.E85 C634 2015

A short history of the Normans (Hicks, Leonie V., author.) Frost Library; D148 .H53 2016

A life beyond the boundaries (Anderson, Benedict, author.) Frost Library; D15.A53 A3 2016

Writing history : a guide for students (Storey, William Kelleher.) Frost Library; D16 .S864 2016

Exploring big historical data : the historian's macroscope (Graham, Shawn.) Frost Library; D16.117 .G73 2016

The Oral History Reader Frost Library; D16.14 .O76 2016

Public history : a practical guide (Sayer, Faye.) Frost Library; D16.163 .S29 2015

Digital games as history (Chapman, Adam, 1984-, author.) Frost Library; D16.255.S5 C53 2016

The making of English popular culture Frost Library; DA110 .M153 2016

The grass roots of English history : local societies in England before the Industrial Revolution (Hey, David, author.) Frost Library; DA115 .H49 2016

The African diaspora population in Britain : migrant identities and experiences (Aspinall, P. J., author.) Frost Library; DA125.N4 A85 2016

The formation of the English kingdom in the tenth century (Molyneaux, George, 1985- author.) Frost Library; DA152 .M75 2015

The material culture of the built environment in the Anglo-Saxon world Frost Library; DA152.2 .M37 2015

A year in the life of medieval England (Mount, Toni, author.) Frost Library; DA175 .M68 2016

Henry the Young King, 1155-1183 (Strickland, Matthew, 1962-, author.) Frost Library; DA206 .S77 2016

Isabella of France, the rebel queen : the story of the queen who deposed her husband Edward II (Warner, Kathryn, author.) Frost Library; DA231.I83 W37 2016

John Benet's chronicle, 1399-1462 : an English translation with new introduction (Benet, John, vicar of Harlington author.) Frost Library; DA240 .B4613 2016

Richard, Duke of York : king by right (Lewis, Matthew, author.) Frost Library; DA247.R47 L49 2016

The later medieval Inquisitions Post Mortem : mapping the medieval countryside and rural society Frost Library; DA25 .L38 2016

Royal tourists, colonial subjects and the making of a British world, 1860-1911 (Reed, Charles V., author.) Frost Library; DA28.1 .R44 2016

The lioness roared : the problems of female rule in English history (Beem, Charles.) Frost Library; DA28.2 .B44 2008

Henry VII : the maligned Tudor King (Breverton, Terry, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; DA330 .B74 2016

The foreign relations of Elizabeth I Frost Library; DA356 .F67 2011

Elizabethan espionage : plotters and spies in the struggle between Catholicism and the crown (Martin, Patrick H., author.) Frost Library; DA356 .M28 2016

Sir Thomas Roe and the Mughal Empire (Mitchell, Colin Paul.) Frost Library; DA390.1.R64 M57 2000

Henrietta Maria : the betrayed queen (Pearce, Dominic, author.) Frost Library; DA396.A5 P43 2015

Titan : the art of British power in the age of revolution and Napoleon (Nester, William R., 1956-, author.) Frost Library; DA520 .N38 2016

Queen Victoria : gender and empire (Kent, Susan Kingsley, 1952 May 9-, author.) Frost Library; DA554 .K46 2016

The Queen's ambassador to the Sultan (Layard, Austen Henry, 1817-1894.) Frost Library; DA565.L5 A3 2009

Resplendent adventures with Britannia : personalities, politics and culture in Britain Frost Library; DA566.4 .R47 2015

The real Peter Pan : J.M. Barrie and the boy who inspired him (Dudgeon, Piers, author.) Frost Library; DA574.D38 D83 2016

Brave new world : imperial and democratic nation-building in Britain between the wars Frost Library; DA576 .B738 2011

Margaret Thatcher : shaping the new conservatism (Veldman, Meredith, author.) Frost Library; DA591.T47 V45 2016

Henry of Lancaster's expedition to Aquitaine, 1345-46 (Gribit, Nicholas A., author.) Frost Library; DA60 .G75 2016

Castles and the Anglo-Norman world : proceedings of a conference held at Norwich Castle in 2012 Frost Library; DA660 .C32 2016

Early medieval Kent, 800-1220 Frost Library; DA670.K3 E275 2016

Apethorpe : the story of an English country house Frost Library; DA690.A625 A633 2016

Jacobites : a new history of the '45 rebellion (Riding, Jacqueline, author.) Frost Library; DA814.5 .R64 2016

No gods and precious few heroes : Scotland 1900-2015 (Harvie, Christopher, 1944-, author.) Frost Library; DA821 .H33 2016

In search of the Irish dreamtime : archaeology & early Irish literature (Mallory, J. P., author.) Frost Library; DA925 .M327 2016

Sacred histories : a Festschrift for Máire Herbert Frost Library; DA930 .S23 2015

The Stuart restoration and the English in Ireland (McCormack, Danielle, author.) Frost Library; DA944.5 .M33 2016

Drink and culture in nineteenth-century Ireland (Kadel, Bradley, author.) Frost Library; DA950.1 .K33 2015

Anne de France Frost Library; DC107.2 .A56 2014

Marie-Antoinette (Delalex, Hélène, author.) Frost Library; DC137.1 .D4413 2016

Nationalizing France's Army : Foreign, Black, and Jewish Troops in the French Military, 1715-1831 (Tozzi, Christopher J., 1986-, author.) Frost Library; DC152.5 .T66 2016

Paroles de liberté (Taubira, Christiane, 1952-) Frost Library; DC34 .T38 2014

A taste for Provence (Horowitz, Helen Lefkowitz, author.) Frost Library; DC611.P958 H595 2016

Decolonizing the republic : African and Caribbean migrants in postwar Paris, 1946-1974 (Germain, Félix F., author.) Frost Library; DC718.A34 G47 2016

German cosmopolitan social thought and the idea of the West : voices from Weimar (Harrington, Austin, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; DD238 .H35 2016

Einstein's German world (Stern, Fritz, 1926-2016, author.) Frost Library; DD239 .S74 2016

The making of an SS killer : the life of Colonel Alfred Filbert, 1905-1990 (Kay, Alex J., author.) Frost Library; DD247.H37 K39 2016

Hitler's compromises : coercion and consensus in Nazi Germany (Stoltzfus, Nathan, author.) Frost Library; DD247.H5 S7778 2016

Art of suppression : confronting the Nazi past in histories of the visual and performing arts (Potter, Pamela Maxine, author.) Frost Library; DD256.6 .P68 2016

The bitter taste of victory : life, love, and art in the ruins of the Reich (Feigel, Lara, author.) Frost Library; DD257 .F454 2016

The British Army of the Rhine : turning Nazi enemies into Cold War partners (Speiser, Peter, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; DD257.2 .S65 2016

German Reunification : A multinational history Frost Library; DD290.29 .G467 2017

Angela Merkel : Europe's most influential leader (Qvortrup, Matthew, author.) Frost Library; DD290.33.M47 Q96 2016

Frederick the Great : King of Prussia (Blanning, T. C. W., author.) Frost Library; DD404 .B63 2016

Erinnerungsorte in Rheinland-Pfalz Frost Library; DD801.P45 E75 2015

Urban memory and visual culture in Berlin : framing the asynchronous city, 1957-2012 (Ward, Simon, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; DD866 .W37 2016

The house by the lake : one house, five families, and a hundred years of German history (Harding, Thomas, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; DD901.P8 H37 2016

Human development in sacred landscapes Frost Library; DF129 .H86 2015

Verzeichnisse und indices (Jöhrens, Gerhard, compiler.) Frost Library; DF13 .A7 Bd.4 Y-Z

The Athenian Adonia in context : the Adonis festival as cultural practice (Reitzammer, Laurialan, author.) Frost Library; DF289 .R45 2016

The Byzantine Turks, 1204-1461 (Shukurov, R. (Rustam) author.) Frost Library; DF542.4.T87 S58 2016

The Hellenistic age (Thonemann, Peter, author.) Frost Library; DF77 .T52 2016

Athens and Sparta : constructing Greek political and social history from 478 BC (Powell, Anton, author.) Frost Library; DF82 .P64 2016

War and society in early Rome : from warlords to generals (Armstrong, Jeremy, author.) Frost Library; DG231.3 .A76 2016

Moving Romans : migration to Rome in the principate (Tacoma, Laurens Ernst, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; DG276.5 .T336 2016

Italy illuminated (Biondo Flavio, 1392-1463, author.) Frost Library; DG422 .B5613 2005

Hybrid Renaissance : culture, language, architecture (Burke, Peter, 1937-, author.) Frost Library; DG533 .B867 2016

The politics of culture in Quattrocento Europe : René of Anjou in Italy (Margolis, Oren J. (Oren Jason), 1984-, author.) Frost Library; DG537 .M374 2016

The final book of Giovanni Villani's New chronicle (Villani, Giovanni, -1348, author.) Frost Library; DG737.A2 V4213 2016

City of the soul : Rome and the romantics (Pinto, John A., author.) Frost Library; DG807.6 .P56 2016

Watersheds : poetics and politics of the Danube River Frost Library; DJK76.6 .W37 2016

The discovery of chance : the life and thought of Alexander Herzen (Kelly, Aileen, M., author.) Frost Library; DK209.6.H4 K445 2016

Military men of feeling : emotion, touch, and masculinity in the Crimean War (Furneaux, Holly, author.) Frost Library; DK214 .F87 2016

Tsar : the lost world of Nicholas and Alexandra (Kurth, Peter.) Frost Library; DK258 .K84 1998 xx

The last days of Stalin (Rubenstein, Joshua, author.) Frost Library; DK268.S8 R83 2016

The Romanovs : 1613-1918 (Sebag Montefiore, Simon, 1965-, author.) Frost Library; DK37.8.R6 S43 2016

Russia's path toward enlightenment : faith, politics, and reason, 1500-1801 (Hamburg, Gary M., author.) Frost Library; DK39 .H356 2016

The culmination of conflict (Rapawy, Stephen, author.) Frost Library; DK4185.U38 R37 2016

Beyond the Bauhaus : cultural modernity in Breslau, 1918-33 (Barnstone, Deborah Ascher, author.) Frost Library; DK4780.2 .B37 2016

Return of the Cold War : Ukraine, the West and Russia Frost Library; DK508.852 .R47 2016

Genocide in the Carpathians : War, Social Breakdown, and Mass Violence, 1914-1945 (Segal, Raz, author.) Frost Library; DK508.9.Z35 S44 2016

Living Soviet in Ukraine from Stalin to Maidan : under the falling Red Star in Kharkiv (Westrate, Michael T., author.) Frost Library; DK508.95.K53 W47 2016

The paradox of Ukrainian Lviv : a borderland city between Stalinists, Nazis, and nationalists (Amar, Tarik Youssef Cyril, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; DK508.95.L86 A46 2015

Lemberg, Lwów, L'viv, 1914-1947 : Violence and Ethnicity in a Contested City (Mick, Christoph, author.) Frost Library; DK508.95.L86 M53513 2016

The invention of Russia : from Gorbachev's freedom to Putin's war (Ostrovsky, Arkady, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; DK510.76 .O87 2015

A political economy of Russian foreign policy (Soltanov, Elnur, author.) Frost Library; DK510.764 .S65 2009

Threads of empire : loyalty and tsarist authority in Bashkiria, 1552-1917 (Steinwedel, Charles, author.) Frost Library; DK511.B33 S74 2016