Historical Research AD700 College of Advancing Studies Brendan Rapple 6 October, 2004 History is a Representation of the Past But representations may be hindered by lack of ability of historian lack of evidence historian’s biases historian’s interpretation
AD700 College of Advancing Studies
6 October, 2004
But representations may be hindered by
Many of these can be Subdivided:
charges and retreats
heads smashed by cannon balls
orders shouted by officers
Biological & Environmental History:
Charters, Laws, Archives of official minutes or records, Letters, Memoirs, Official publications, Wills, Newspapers and magazines, Maps, Catalogues, Inscriptions, Graduation records, Bills, lists, deeds, contracts, etc., etc.
Relics, Coins, Stamps, Skeleton, Fossils, Weapons, Tools, Utensils, Pictures, Furniture, Clothing, Coins, Food, Books, Scrolls
Sculptures, Paintings, Pottery
Also Films, Photographs, Buildings
For a more complete list see Directory of Open Access Journals
This is a database providing access to holdings and contact information of more than 5,480 libraries. One may limit one's search to a particular collection name or to a specific repository name (in the latter case one may limit to a particular city).
This database provides researchers with access to brief, high-level information for nearly three quarters of a million collections of manuscripts and archives in repositories around the world as well as over 36,000 collection guides or finding aids.
This online union catalog has well over 50 million bibliographic records. In the Advanced search mode one may limit one's search to archival materials.
Harvard Guide to American History (Belknap Press; Revised edition (July 1, 1974)
An excellent place to start for books and articles on a particular topic or period. 1348 pages in length, it is selective, and limited to books and articles published before 1972. Volume One has information on doing research and includes books and articles arranged by topic, and Volume Two has books and articles arranged by chronological period and a name and subject index.
Handbook for Research in American History: A Guide to Bibliographies and Other Reference Works. 2nd. ed.
(University of Nebraska Press, 1987).
An excellent guide to more specialized bibliographies and reference materials in many different areas of United States history organized by type of reference.
Guide to the History of Massachusetts (Greenwood Press, 1987) 325 pages.
Part One is a survey of the historical literature on
Massachusetts, and Part Two is a listing of the archives and sources for Massachusetts history with their contents.
Reader's Guide to American History (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1997)
Essays and substantial bibliographies on some 600 topics "to offer some help to those who wish to explore the riches of American historical writing in all its diversity."
American National Biography(print and Online)
Very extensive. Short biographical articles, many with pictures, on deceased notable Americans. Online version includes more recent articles, in quarterly updates, than the print version.
Most newspapers have print indexes of their past issues -- some of these indexes are now online.
However, most online indexes are not free and print indexes may not be readily available
This database provides the complete word-for-word texts of major 19th century African-American newspapers. Newspapers in this database are made available in chronological orders, with the addition of a minimum of ten million new words each year. Currently the file contains Parts 1, 2, and 3 and covers the following newspapers: Freedom’s Journal 1827-1830 (New York, NY); Colored American 1837-1841 (New York, NY); The North Star 1847-1851 (Rochester, NY); Frederick Douglass Paper 1851-1859, completed through December 1852 (Rochester, NY); National Era 1847-1860, completed through December 1853 (Washington, D.C.); Provincial Freeman 1854-1857 (Toronto, Canada); The Christian Recorder 1861-1902, completed through April 1862 (Philadelphia, PA).
The full text of the Times of London, includes news articles, editorials, obituaries, and advertising. It is is fully searchable and results are displayed as facsimile images of the article or page. Every word and image of 200 years of the newspaper is included.
Full text access to historical content of the New York Times, including advertisements. Searching can be done for words in the entire text or in the citation and abstract (headline and first paragraph). Search options include simple keyword searching, natural language searching, or advanced searching (which includes searching by article type, for example death notices or editorials). Display is a pdf image of the citation article, including its extension to other pages.
Full text of the Boston Globe newspaper, from 1980 to yesterday's edition.
Extensive full-text database of legal and business information including newspapers.
Coverage of some newspapers goes back well into the 19th cent.
AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History.
Links to selected documents from the fifteenth century to
Avalon Project at Yale University
Documents by century; also major collections, subjects,
authors, and titles, and, importantly, a search engine for the
entire project or its parts (there are a large number of
A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates 1774-1873
Part of the American Memory site at the Library of Congress
National Security Archive
This site at George Washington University collects and publishes declassified documents acquired through the
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Includes documents on the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Iran Contra controversy.
Documenting the American South
Sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the twentieth century. Indexes first person narratives, a library of Southern literature, slave narratives, the Civil War home front 1861-1865, and the African American Church.
American Memory Project at the Library of Congress
A wealth of documents, oral histories, photographs, maps, motion pictures, recordings-- and all with an efficient search engine which can search topics across collections.
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
Known as "NUCMC," the printed source consists of annual volumes with index volumes indexing names, places, subjects, and form and genre, and containing a list of repositories. This is the place to look to see where historical figures' papers and letters are located in the United States.
National Archives and Records Administration
The National Archives of the United States.
Repositories of Primary Sources
A useful list of over 3,700 archival web sites with links by world region and for the United States by state. Kept at the University of Idaho, this is one of the most complete lists of archives.
America History and Life. 1964-
U.S. and Canadian history in some 2,000 history periodicals covering prehistory to the present. The best place to go for recent academic history article citations.
Covers articles, books and dissertations in the field of world history from approximately 1450, including political, diplomatic, military, economic, social, cultural, religious and intellectual history.
Hispanic American Periodicals Index. 1970-
Indexes articles on U.S. Hispanic and Latin American topics in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish from more than 400 scholarly journals worldwide. Produced by the Latin American Center at UCLA.
PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service)1956-
Public affairs in a variety of journals (including news magazines) and monographs; includes such areas as environment and health.
"The Digital Index of the Nineteenth Century" includes an electronic version of Poole's Index to Periodical Literature and a number of other indexes. A valuable index to nineteenth and early twentieth century magazines and newspapers.
AccuNet/AP Multimedia Archive is an electronic library containing more than 700,000 photographs from the Associated Press' current year's photo reports and a selection of photos from their 50 million image print and negative library. An average of 500 photos a day are added. Searchable by date, location, and subject.
Comprehensive and current bibliography of the European Middle Ages (c.450-1500) including articles in journals and miscellaneous volumes of conference proceedings, essay collections and Festschriften.
Iter contains a Journals and a Books database. The Journals database is an electronic bibliography of interdisciplinary journal literature pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Citations for articles; bibliographies; catalogues; editions; abstracts; and discographies are included. To date, the full runs of more than 400 scholarly journal titles, published since 1859, have been indexed. A complete list of titles is available for review. The Books database (under construction) is a bibliography of approximately 46,000 records encompassing monographs, material published in monographs, and collected essays pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700).
Indexes full texts of first person accounts of events in the U.S. Civil War from hundreds of sources of diaries, letters and memoirs of people both famous and obscure.
Selected US government documents declassified under the Freedom of Information Act and which were originally organized under the Declassified Documents Reference System (DDRS). The online documents selected deal with post World War II documents in international relations and domestic documents involving the military and White House which span the presidencies of Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon.
Early Encounters in North America, subtitled "Peoples, Cultures and the Environment," will include, when completed, more than 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters. It includes descriptions of North America, either in its natural features or interactions among various cultural groups in the years between 1534 and 1860. Special indexing leads to the who, what, when and where of the encounters.
This is an index to over 500 creative, critical and scholarly English language literary journals and magazines (primarily American and Canadian). Most are either not indexed elsewhere or are indexed only partially in other indexing services. All publications are indexed in their entirety - including fiction and poems.
Contains more than 410,000 records on all subjects (especially humanities and social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present.
Historical Maps of the United States (Perry Castaneda Library Map Collection, UT Austin)
A wealth of online maps dealing with Early Inhabitants, Exploration and Settlement, U.S. Territorial Growth, and a section on Later Historical Maps (including 146 maps of U.S. cities) with links to U.S. historical maps at other web sites
Rare Map Collection at the Hargrett Library The University of Georgia Libraries
Includes rare maps of the New World, Colonial America, Revolutionary America, Revolutionary Georgia, Union and Expansion, Civil War, Frontier to New South, Savannah and the Coast, and Transportation.