History Research Guide

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  • Reference Universe
    Searchable index of the library's entire reference collection, both print and electronic.
  • American National Biography
    Information on over 17,400 men and women.
  • Cambridge Companions
    Surveys of authors, literary history, culture, and philosophy, all written by scholars.
  • Cambridge Histories
    Provides political, economic and social history, philosophy and literature of selected countries and subjects.
  • Encyclopedia of Ancient History
    Contains over 5,000 original entries spanning the late Bronze Age through the seventh century CE, and covers all Mediterranean civilizations, including the Near East and Egypt.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more.
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
    The national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide.
  • Oxford Reference
    Digitized entries from Oxford's Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias, spanning multiple subject areas.

For additional information and tips, see the Primary Sources Research Guide.

  • 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 Edition
    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.
  • Archives of Sexuality & Gender : LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 (1940-2014)
    Composed of primary sources, such as newsletters, organizational papers, government documents, manuscripts, and pamphlets, focusing on social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world.
  • 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
  • Confidential Print. Middle East (1839-1969)
    The collection covers Middle Eastern history from 1839-1969; countries included are: Afghanistan, Egypt, Sudan, Persia, Suez Canal, Turkey, Jordan, Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, and Syria. The series preserves all of the most important papers generated by the British Foreign and Colonial Offices.
  • Congressional Publications
    Index to U.S. congressional material, some full text.
  • Crime, Punishment and Popular Culture (1790-1920)
    Composed of over two million pages of trial transcripts, police and forensic reports, detective novels, newspaper accounts, true crime literature, and related ephemera, focusing on nineteenth-century criminal history, law, literature, and justice.
  • 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 Daily Reports (1974-1996)
    News in translation (by the CIA) from radio, television, and newspapers around the world.
  • Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981
    This resource addresses the policies, economies, political relationships and significant events of every major Middle East power. Conflicts such as the Arab-Israeli War, the Lebanese Civil War and the Iranian Revolution are examined, as are the military interventions and peace negotiations carried out by regional and foreign powers.
  • 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
  • Mass Observation Online
    Primary source collection containing original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass Observation organization, as well as printed publications, photographs and interactive features.
  • 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 Music
    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 girl at the baggage claim : explaining the East-West culture gap (Jen, Gish, author.) Frost Library; CB251 .J46 2017

The memory code : the secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and other ancient monuments (Kelly, Lynne, 1951- author.) Frost Library; CB311 .K44 2017

Medievalism : a manifesto (Utz, Richard J., 1961-, author.) Frost Library; CB351 .U84 2017

American Frost Library; CB353 .A49 2016

Success and suppression : Arabic sciences and philosophy in the Renaissance (Hasse, Dag Nikolaus, author.) Frost Library; CB361 .H275 2016

The Enlightenment : a brief history with documents (Jacob, Margaret C., 1943-, author.) Frost Library; CB411 .J327 2017

Philosophers take on the world Frost Library; CB430 .P478 2016

Three stones make a wall : the story of archaeology (Cline, Eric H., author.) Frost Library; CC100 .C55 2017

Archaeology of the Communist Era : A Political History of Archaeology of the 20th Century (Lozny, Ludomir R., editor, author.) Frost Library; CC101.S65 L69 2017

Cataloging cultural objects : a guide to describing cultural works and their images Frost Library; CC135 .C37 2006

Curated decay : heritage beyond saving (DeSilvey, Caitlin, author.) Frost Library; CC175 .D465 2017

Staging death : funerary performance, architecture and landscape in the Aegean Frost Library; CC77.H5 S72 2016

Injury and trauma in bioarchaeology : interpreting violence in past lives (Redfern, Rebecca, author.) Frost Library; CC79.5.H85 R425 2017

The making of medieval history Frost Library; D116 .M35 2017

Making history matter : Kuroita Katsumi and the construction of Imperial Japan (Yoshikawa, Lisa, author.) Frost Library; D13.5.J3 Y67 2017

Royal bastards : the birth of illegitimacy, 800-1230 (McDougall, Sara, author.) Frost Library; D131 .M33 2017

The concept of history (Nikulin, D. V. (Dmitriĭ Vladimirovich) author.) Frost Library; D16.8 .N477 2017

Does history make sense? : Hegel on the historical shapes of justice (Pinkard, Terry P., author.) Frost Library; D16.8 .P495 2017

The Principality of Antioch and its frontiers in the twelfth century (Buck, Andrew D., 1987- author.) Frost Library; D192 .B83 2017

The politics of crisis in Europe (Davis Cross, Mai'a K., 1977-, author.) Frost Library; D2024 .D38 2017

The end of Europe : dictators, demagogues, and the coming dark age (Kirchick, James, author.) Frost Library; D2024 .K57 2017

The polemics of C.L.R. James and contemporary Black activism (Clennon, Ornette D., 1969-, author.) Frost Library; DA125.N4 C58 2017

Black and British : a forgotten history (Olusoga, David, author.) Frost Library; DA125.N4 O48 2016

The making of England : a new history of the Anglo-Saxon world (Atherton, Mark, author.) Frost Library; DA152 .A84 2017

The British heroic age : a history, 367-664 (Johnson, Flint, author.) Frost Library; DA152 .J669 2017

Transformation in Anglo-Saxon culture : Toller lectures on art, archaeology and text Frost Library; DA152.2 .T73 2017

The archaeology of the 11th century : continuities and transformations Frost Library; DA175 .A73 2017

Castles, siegeworks and settlements : surveying the archaeology of the twelfth century Frost Library; DA175 .C375 2016

Beds and chambers in late medieval England : readings, representations and realities (Morgan, Hollie L. S., author.) Frost Library; DA185 .M675 2017

William the Conqueror (Bates, David, 1945-, author.) Frost Library; DA197 .B3423 2016

Edward II : the terrors of kingship (Given-Wilson, Chris, author.) Frost Library; DA230 .G58 2016

Royal wills in Britain from 1509 to 2008 (Nash, Michael, author.) Frost Library; DA28.1 .N37 2017

The king is dead : the last will and testament of Henry VIII (Lipscomb, Suzannah, author.) Frost Library; DA332 .L53 2016

Catherine of Aragon : an intimate life of Henry VIII's true wife (Licence, Amy, author.) Frost Library; DA333.A6 L53 2016

The English conquest of Jamaica : Oliver Cromwell's bid for empire (Pestana, Carla Gardina, author.) Frost Library; DA425 .P46 2017

Women of letters : gender, writing and the life of the mind in early modern England (Hannan, Leonie, author.) Frost Library; DA440 .H36 2016

Louise de Keroualle, duchess of Portsmouth, 1649-1734, or, How the Duke of Richmond gained his pensi (Forneron, H. (Henri), 1834-1886.) Frost Library; DA447.P8 F6

Britain, China, and colonial Australia (Mountford, Benjamin, 1980-, author.) Frost Library; DA47.9.C6 M68 2016

Victoria The Queen : An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire (Baird, Julia (Julia Woodlands) author.) Frost Library; DA554 .B18 2016

Anti-fascism in Britain (Copsey, Nigel, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; DA566.7 .C64 2017

State and society : a social and political history of Britain since 1870 (Pugh, Martin, author.) Frost Library; DA566.7 .P84 2017

Dadland (Carew, Keggie, author.) Frost Library; DA566.9.C26 C37 2017

1919 : Britain's year of revolution (Webb, Simon (Historian), author.) Frost Library; DA577 .W37 2016

Clement Attlee : the man who made modern Britain (Bew, John, author.) Frost Library; DA585.A8 B49 2017

Margaret Thatcher : a life and legacy (Cannadine, David, 1950-, author.) Frost Library; DA591.T47 C37 2017

1956 : the year that changed Britain (Beckett, Francis, 1945-) Frost Library; DA592 .B37 2015

Roman London's first voices : writing tablets from the Bloomberg excavations, 2010-14 (Tomlin, Roger, 1943-, author.) Frost Library; DA677.1 .T65 2016 x

Wellington (Muir, Rory, 1962-) Frost Library; DA68.12.W4 M85 2013

The tunnel through time : a new route for an old London journey (Tindall, Gillian, author.) Frost Library; DA689.U5 T56 2016

Chawton House Library Frost Library; DA690.C47 C53 2016

Ireland's allies : America and the 1916 Easter Rising Frost Library; DA962 .I685 2016

Unapproved routes : histories of the Irish border, 1922-1972 (Leary, Peter, author.) Frost Library; DA963 .L43 2016

The French Revolution and human rights : a brief history with documents Frost Library; DC158.8 .F6895 2016

Resurrecting slavery : racial legacies and white supremacy in France (Fleming, Crystal Marie, 1981-, author.) Frost Library; DC34.5.B55 F54 2017

History as a kind of writing : textual strategies in contemporary French historiography (Carrard, Philippe, author.) Frost Library; DC36.9 .C37913 2017

Le Modèle républicain Frost Library; DC369 .M555 1992

The cult of the modern : trans-Mediterranean France and the construction of French modernity (Murray-Miller, Gavin, author.) Frost Library; DC59.8.A4 M87 2017

A vision of Europe : Franco-German relations during the Great Depression, 1929-1932 (Fischer, Conan.) Frost Library; DC59.8.G3 F55 2017

Charlemagne (Fried, Johannes, author.) Frost Library; DC73 .F7513 2016

Fragile rise : grand strategy and the fate of Imperial Germany, 1871-1914 (Xu, Qiyu, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; DD221.5 .X83 2017

Was ist deutsch? : die Suche einer Nation nach sich selbst (Borchmeyer, Dieter, author.) Frost Library; DD239 .B725 2017

Founding Weimar : violence and the German Revolution of 1918-1919 (Jones, Mark, 1981-, author.) Frost Library; DD248 .J65 2016

Logistics matters and the U.S. Army in occupied Germany, 1945-1949 (Kruger, Lee, author.) Frost Library; DD257 .K78 2017

East German intellectuals and the unification of Germany : an ethnographic view (Bednarz, Dan, author.) Frost Library; DD257.25 .B35 2017

Narratives in the making : writing the East German past in the democratic present (Gallinat, Anselma, author.) Frost Library; DD281.6 .G35 2017

Die unheimliche Leichtigkeit der Revolution (Wensierski, Peter, author.) Frost Library; DD289 .W46 2017

Remapping Black Germany : New Perspectives on Afro-German History, Politics, and Culture Frost Library; DD78.B55 R46 2016

Mothers on the Move : reproducing belonging between Africa and Europe (Feldman-Savelsberg, Pamela, 1958-, author.) Frost Library; DD867.5.C36 F45 2016

Truth and history in the ancient world : pluralising the past Frost Library; DF211 .T748 2016

'The eyesore of Aigina' : anti-Athenian attitudes in Greek, Hellenistic and Roman history Frost Library; DF214 .E94 2016

Women in Mycenaean Greece : the Linear B tablets from Pylos and Knossos (Olsen, Barbara Ann, 1968-) Frost Library; DF221.P63 O47 2014

Athens burning : the Persian invasion of Greece and the evacuation of Attica (Garland, Robert, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; DF225.55 .G37 2017

The plague of war : Athens, Sparta, and the struggle for ancient Greece (Roberts, Jennifer Tolbert, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; DF229.2 .R63 2017

The Oxford handbook of Thucydides Frost Library; DF229.T6 O84 2017

The first European : a history of Alexander in the age of empire (Briant, Pierre, author.) Frost Library; DF234.2 .B74713 2017

Cassius Dio : Greek intellectual and Roman politician Frost Library; DG206.C38 C37 2016

Ancient Rome : a new history (Potter, D. S. (David Stone), 1957-) Frost Library; DG209 .P67 2014

Res Publica and the Roman Republic : 'without body or form' (Hodgson, Louise (Louise Lovelace), author.) Frost Library; DG254 .H634 2017

Approaching the Roman revolution : papers on Republican history (Syme, Ronald, 1903-1989, author.) Frost Library; DG254 .S89 2016

Julius Caesar (Wiseman, T. P. (Timothy Peter) author.) Frost Library; DG261 .W57 2016

Der römische Triumph in Prinzipat und Spätantike Frost Library; DG271 .R58 2017

The last pagan emperor : Julian the Apostate and the war against Christianity (Teitler, H. C., author.) Frost Library; DG317 .T4513 2017

Modern Italy : a very short introduction (Cento Bull, Anna, 1951-, author.) Frost Library; DG555 .C38 2016

The economy of Pompeii Frost Library; DG70.P7 E26 2017

Insularity, identity and epigraphy in the Roman world Frost Library; DG78 .I57 2017

Official power and local elites in the Roman provinces Frost Library; DG87 .O34 2017

Caligula's barges and the Renaissance origins of nautical archaeology under water (McManamon, John M., author.) Frost Library; DG89 .M27 2016

Peter the Great (Bushkovitch, Paul, author.) Frost Library; DK131 .B897 2016

Russia : the story of war (Carleton, Gregory, author.) Frost Library; DK18 .C37 2017

Russians : their icons and desires = Rusové : jejich ikony a touhy (Kyndrová, Dana, 1955-, photographer, author.) Frost Library; DK18.5 .K96 2015 xx

The Crimean War in Imperial Context, 1854-1856 (Rath, Andrew C., author.) Frost Library; DK215 .R237 2015

Zapiski o Rossii frant͡suzskogo puteshestvennika Markiza de Ki͡ustina (Custine, Astolphe, marquis de, 1790-1857, author.) Frost Library; DK25 .C981 1982

Lenin on the train (Merridale, Catherine, 1959-, author.) Frost Library; DK254.L443 M37 2017

The life and death of Leon Trotsky (Serge, Victor, 1890-1947, author.) Frost Library; DK254.T6 S413 2015

The last of the tsars : Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution (Service, Robert, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; DK258 .S463 2017

The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921 (Steinberg, Mark D., 1953-, author.) Frost Library; DK263 .S74 2017

Mobilizing the Russian nation : patriotism and citizenship in the First World War (Stockdale, Melissa Kirschke, author.) Frost Library; DK264.8 .S76 2016

A people's history of the Russian Revolution (Faulkner, Neil, author.) Frost Library; DK265 .F385 2017

October 1917 : workers in power Frost Library; DK265 .O28 2016

Lenin's Moscow (Rosmer, Alfred, author.) Frost Library; DK265 .R69913 2016