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Primary Sources Online A-Z: Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Professional Programs

This page lists alphabetically online databases that link to primary sources in facsimile or reproduction.

Most are large, licensed databases accessible by University of Minnesota students,staff and faculty, and are also accessible to registered visitors using workstations in libraries on the Twin Cities campus. Each database is searchable and links to many full text primary sources, some containing images.

To identify resources with specific subject coverage, search this page using a single, broad keyword (Some examples: film, history, music, news, political, politics, women).

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  • Access World News: Research Collection (NewsBank) Authentication Required
    Full-text news for over 9,000 sources including U.S. and international news sources, major wire services, and hundreds of local broadcasting outlets and blogs. Provides unique coverage of local news outlets, including over 100 Minnesota sources. Paid advertisements are excluded. Collections can be searched by specific title, region, state, country, or continent. Mostly English language news coverage with some 200 titles in Spanish, French, Afrikaans and other languages.
  • Acta Sanctorum (Acts of the Saints) Authentication Required
    The Database contains the entire Acta Sanctorum, a collection of documents examining the lives of saints, organised according to each saint's feast day, and includes all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indices. The Database contains the entire Acta Sanctorum, including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indices. Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina reference numbers are also included.
  • African American Newspapers Series 1, 1827-1998 & Series 2, 1835-1956 (Newsbank) Authentication Required
    Series 1 (1827-1998): Features 280 newspapers from 35 states, including many rare and historically significant 19th-century titles. These titles published for or by African Americans constitute primary sources for researchers exploring such diverse disciplines as cultural, literary and social history, ethnic studies and more. Beginning with Freedom’s Journal (NY)—the first African American newspaper published in the United States—the titles in this series include The Colored Citizen (KS), Arkansas State Press, Rights of All (NY), Wisconsin Afro-American, New York Age, L'Union (LA), Northern Star and Freeman’s Advocate (NY), Richmond Planet, Cleveland Gazette, The Appeal (MN) and hundreds of others from every region of the U.S.

    Series 2 (1835-1956): Complements and expands on Series 1. Published in 22 states and the District of Columbia, the more than 75 newly available newspapers in Series 2 increase access to primary sources for researchers across African and African American studies, political science, ethnic studies, diaspora studies, women’s studies, and cultural, literary and social history. Key titles include Frederick Douglass’s New National Era (Washington, DC), Washington Tribune (Washington, DC), Chicago Bee (Chicago, IL), The Louisianian (New Orleans, LA), The Pine and Palm (Boston, MA), National Anti-Slavery Standard (New York, NY), New York Age (New York, NY), Harlem Liberator (New York, NY), North Carolina Republican and Civil Rights Advocate (Weldon, NC), Southern News (Richmond, VA) and many others.

  • African American Song
    African American Song is the first online resource to document the history of African American music in an online music listening service. The collection contains a diverse range of genres such as jazz, blues, gospel, ragtime, folk songs, and narratives, among others. This release features some 16,000 tracks of great historical recordings from Document Records. This great collection features recordings from the first half of the 20th century and includes iconic artists such as The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Memphis Minnie, Blind Willie McTell and Huddie Ledbetter. It provides a rich source of Blues and early Jazz recordings as well as a lot of sacred music. African American Song is now part of the collection American Song.
    Please use American Music
  • African Newspapers: World Newspaper Archive Authentication Required
    More than 40 nineteenth- and twentieth-century African newspapers. Featuring titles from Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
  • Aluka
    An international, collaborative initiative building an online digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa.
  • American Memory Collection Finder Library of Congress
    Each link on this page "retrieves a list of American Memory online collections. From that list, you will be able to jump to an individual collection or search for items in those collections. You can also browse a list of Subject Headings that further describe the chief areas of content in our collections. Go to Finder Help for more information." Covers American History and Culture from 1400s to present in many subject areas. Excellent source of images and sound files.
  • American Memory (motion pictures)
    The American Memory project from the Library of Congress provides access to several hundred early motion pictures, organized into 11 discrete collections: America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915 American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920 Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco, 1897-1916 Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904 Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901 Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906 Origins of American Animation Prosperity and Thrift: the Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929 Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film
  • America's Historical Newspapers Authentication Required
    Spanning two centuries and 40 states, these archives of selective content from historical newspapers are primary sources for researching crucial conflicts from the Civil War to World War I, movements ranging from early states rights to women's suffrage, noteworthy citizens, local events, natural disasters; political campaigns; and the evolution of American culture.
  • American Verse Project (Poetry) Authentication Required
    The American Verse Project is a collaborative project between the University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative (HTI) and the University of Michigan Press. The project is assembling an electronic archive of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920.
  • ARTstor Authentication Required
    ARTstor is a cross-disciplinary image database.
  • Asian American Drama Authentication Required
    Brings together more than 250 plays, along with related biographical, production, and theatrical information, so providing a comprehensive overview of this growing field.
  • Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003) Authentication Required
    Full-page digital archive of the Atlanta Daily World covering 1931-2003. Atlanta Daily World was the first black daily in the nation in the 20th century. Part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
  • ANNO - AustriaN Newspapers Online
    ANNO is the virtual reading room of the Austrian National Library.
    The collection includes mainly German-language newspapers from numerous cities and towns of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the 20th century. The archive extends from 1568 through the present, although neither the 17th century nor the period 1944-present has yet been digitized. Full-text searching is available for selected major newspapers, from 1689 through 1944.
    Note: the archive and search screens are in German only. [update 10/2015]
  • Avalon Project
    The Avalon Project will mount digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government.
  • Berg Fashion Library Authentication Required
    A searchable access to an expanding range of Berg content collections – including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images, and much more. Covers 1600 - present day.
  • Black Drama Authentication Required
    Contains the full text of 1,200 plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by more than 100 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries.
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  • CAMIO Authentication Required
    OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online offers art images that are rights-cleared for educational use. CAMIO is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering the complete range of expressive forms. Includes about 95,000 art images"”photographs, paintings, sculpture, decorative and utilitarian objects, prints, drawings and watercolors, jewelry and costumes, textiles and architecture"”plus audio, video and mixed media. CAMIO is licensed for use by students, faculty, and researchers at subscribing institutions. Works of art may be used for educational and research purposes during the term of the subscription, if they are properly credited. Images may not be published or otherwise distributed.
  • Center for Research Libraries Catalog
    CRL holds over four million newspapers, journals, dissertations, archives, government publications and other traditional and digital resources for research and teaching. Holdings include such diverse materials as doctoral dissertations (including those of Albert Einstein, Dag Hammarskjold and other Nobel laureates), some of the earliest African-American newspapers and the 100,000-plus-page archive of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge security force. Emphasis is on materials produced outside the United States, and the Center has special strength in publications and archives from many developing nations.
  • Center for Research Libraries Topic Guides Authentication Required
    Available Topics: African Studies, Agriculture, Anthropology, Art and Architecture, Austria, Black Studies Canada, Censuses, China, Dissertations, Drama and Theater, Eastern Europe, France, Germany, Government Publications and Information--Non-U.S., Government Publications and Information--U.S., Government Records and Archives--U.S., Great Britain, Human Rights, Japan, Korea, Labor, Latin American Studies, Law Legal Databases: Comparative Analysis, Literature, Medieval Studies, Middle Eastern Studies , Music, News , Official Gazettes, Religion and Philosophy, Russia and the Former Soviet Republics, Science and Technology, Socialism and Communism, South Asian Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, United States - History, Water Resources, World War II and Aftermath
  • Chicago Defender (1905 - 1975) Authentication Required
    Full-page digital archive of The Chicago Defender, 1905-1975. A leading African-American newspaper, with more than two-thirds of its readership outside Chicago.
  • China Data Online Authentication Required
    Current and historical statistics on population and economics at the national, provincial and local level.
  • Classical Music Library Authentication Required
    Classical Music Library is an extensive collection of recordings with a supplementary reference database that users may search and listen to music delivered to their desktop.
  • Classical Scores Library Authentication Required
    Scores from both in-copyright and public domain editions. The major composers output is represented, as well as many lesser known composers and works. Includes works spanning time periods from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Coverage of score types is comprehensive, with full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and piano reductions.
  • World Music Authentication Required
    World Music is a Web-based resource that streams over 1.5 million audio tracks from about 130,000 albums, plus 22 videos. The content ranges from reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.
  • Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse Authentication Required
    The Humanities Text Initiative intends to develop the Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse into an extensive and reliable collection of Middle English electronic texts.
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  • Dance in Video, Vol. 1 Authentication Required
    Searchable database containing streaming video files of dance productions and documentaries by influential performers and companies of the 20th century.
  • Database of African American Poetry Authentication Required
    Covers the works of 54 African-American poets writing in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and, through their writings, provides a unique portrait of early America.
  • Dictionary of Old English Corpus Authentication Required
    The Dictionary of Old English electronic corpus is a complete record of surviving Old English except for some variant manuscripts of individual texts.
  • Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 : Minnesota Authentication Required
    Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists.
  • Discovery Project: Philosource
    Discovery Project: PhiloSource Selected primary texts from Presocratic to Modern philosophy.
    1. Ancient Greek Philosophy
    2. Early Modern Philosophy and Science
    3. 19th and 20th Century Philosophy: Nietzsche Source and Wittgenstein Source
    4. Contemporary Philosophers
  • University Digital Conservancy
    The University Digital Conservancy (UDC) supports open access to U of M scholarly output and serves as the University's digital archive. A sample of UDC content includes journal articles, theses and dissertations, datasets, white papers, grey literature, and University administrative reports.
  • Digital Dead Sea Scrolls
    High-resolution images of the scrolls, plus short explanatory videos and background information on the texts and their history. Five complete scrolls from the Israel Museum have been digitized.
    Language of the Scrolls: Hebrew is the most common language, though a small number of scrolls are written in Aramaic, and a few in Greek. The most common script is the Jewish script, also called the "Assyrian" or "square" script, which was widely used from the sixth century BCE on. However, about 14 biblical scrolls are written in the ancient Hebrew script, and many texts use a cryptographic script, combining mirror writing and a mixture of Jewish, ancient Hebrew, and Greek scripts.
    Description and commentary are in English.
  • Digital Public Library of America
    The DPLA includes resources that provide books, images, historic records, and audiovisual materials to anyone with Internet access. Many universities, public libraries, and other public-spirited organizations have digitized the materials which which make up a coherent access to our society's digitized cultural heritage.
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  • Early American Imprints Series I: Evans (1639-1800) Authentication Required
    Every book, pamphlet, serial, and other printed work of significance published in America 1639 - 1800 with 36,000 items and 2. 4 million page images when complete. Based on Charles Evans, American Bibliography with additions from Roger Bristol's Supplement. Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 has been hailed as the definitive resource for researching every aspect of 17th- and 18th-century America.
  • Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment Authentication Required
    Contains contains 1,482 authors and over 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, journals, maps, memoirs and accounts of early encounters Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment documents the relationships among peoples in North America from 1534 to 1850. The collection focuses on personal accounts and provides unique perspectives from all of the protagonists, including traders, slaves, missionaries, explorers, soldiers, native peoples, and officials, both men and women. The project brings coherence to a wide range of published and unpublished accounts, including narratives, diaries, journals, and letters. PEOPLES: The variety of cultures in early North America was unprecedented. Dutch, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, African, and a host of Indian peoples developed a complex history of interactions. This collection allows scholars to see the effect of European cultures on Indians and equally to explore the Indians' contributions to the Europeans.
  • EEBO: Early English Books Online: TCP (Book Texts) Authentication Required
    From the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War, Early English Books Online (EEBO) will contain 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).
  • EEBO: Early English Books Online (Page Images) Authentication Required
    From the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War, Early English Books Online (EEBO) will contain 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).
  • Early European Books : printed sources to 1700 Authentication Required
    Early European Books (EEB) provides full-text access to digital facsimiles of books printed in the Early Modern period (i.e., before 1700). The great majority of books in this collection are in languages other than English.
    A detailed guide to using EEB is in process. Contact Gordon Anderson ( for assistance.
  • Electronic Enlightenment Authentication Required
    Major correspondence centred on the "long 18th century," supporting critical apparatus, and additional research carried out by EE.
  • Empire Online Authentication Required
    The database has five sections offering approximately 60,000 images of original documents linked to essays by leading scholars in the field of Empire Studies. The sections cover Cultural Contacts, 1492-1969; Empire Writing and the Literature of Empire; The Visible Empire ; Religion and Empire; and Race, Class and Colonialism, c1783-1969. The images will be sourced from about ten different libraries and archives around the world, including a strong core of document images from the British Library, including the Oriental and India Office Collections at the British Library; the University of Birmingham Library; the Bodleian Library, Oxford; and the Public Record Office and the State Records, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World Authentication Required
    The Encyclopedia provides reference literature on the Jews of Muslim lands particularly in the late medieval, early modern and modern periods. It is updated twice annually with newly commissioned articles, illustrations, multimedia, and primary source material.
  • English Verse Drama Authentication Required
    English Verse Drama contains more than 2,000 works by around 450 named authors and approximately 230 anonymous works, from the Shrewsbury Fragments of the late thirteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century.
  • Eurodocs
    EuroDocs: Western European Primary Historical Documents
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  • Factiva Authentication Required
    This is a global source of full text newspapers, newswires, websites, industry magazines, business journals, transcripts and press photographs. Worldwide coverage of 9000 sources in 22 languages. Includes financial information for publicly traded companies, stocks, funds, currencies, and common market indexes. Limited to 7 simultaneous users.
  • First World War Authentication Required
    The First World War portal presents primary source documents on the personal experiences of men and women, recruitment, and the development and dissemination of various forms of propaganda. There are two self-contained modules: Personal Experiences and Propaganda and Recruitment. Original documents include personal narratives, diaries, newspapers, posters, postcards, photographs, printed books, military and government files, and ephemera. This material is complemented by a range of contextual secondary features, including interactive maps, chronology, and image galleries.
  • Gu jin tu shu ji cheng Authentication Required
    The Gu jin tu shu ji cheng (古今圖書集成) is an encyclopedia completed in 1725.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library East Asian (Reference) Quarto AE4 .K83 1934
  • HarpWeek Authentication Required
    HarpWeek contains the scanned images of pages of the magazine Harper's Weekly for the years 1857-1912, together with a series of indexes to search for news, editorials, fiction, illustrations, photos, political cartoons, advertisements.
  • Hathi Trust Digital Library
    The Hathi Trust is a reliable and increasingly comprehensive digital archive of library materials converted from print that is co-owned and managed by a number of academic institutions.

    Public domain works:

    Anyone can view and download one page at a time. Users with a current University of Minnesota login can download the full work.

    Copyright protected works:

    Works protected by copyright will have limited access, except for users with print-reading disabilities who apply for special access to digitized works.

    Additional information on accessing HathiTrust
  • Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970
    Published by the Census Bureau, this set contains U.S. Statistics from Colonial times to 1970. Subjects covered are population, vital statistics, migration, labor, prices and price indexes, national income and wealth, consumer income and expenditures, social statistics, land, water, climate, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, minerals, construction and housing, manufacturing, transportation, communications, energy, trade, productivity, financial markets and institutions, government, colonial and pre-federal statistics.
    • Location(s): Also available in print: WILSON Reference Quarto HA202 .B87 1975; WILSON Gov Pub (US Desk Ref) C 3.134/2: H 62/ 789-970/; MAGRATH Reference HA202 .B87
    Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
  • U.K. Parliamentary Papers (ProQuest) Authentication Required
    Encompasses all areas of social, political, economic and foreign policy, showing how issues were explored and legislation was formed. Includes House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present, with supplementary material back to 1688. Includes Records of proceedings, the Debates (Hansard), and the House of Commons journal; Sessional papers providing information to parliament on matters of policy and administration: Bills, House papers, and Command papers. Also includes those Papers of the House of Lords presented to the Commons, such as reports prepared by Lords Select Committees.
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  • Illustrated First World War
    Digital versions of the Illustrated London Times are part of a website for the Illustrated First World War. It includes related publications: The Illustrated War News, The Sphere, The Sketch, The Tatler, The Bystander, The Graphic and The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News.
  • Jazz (formerly Jazz Music Library) Authentication Required
    Jazz (formerly Jazz Music Library) is a Web-based resource that streams over a half-million audio tracks from about 45,000 albums issued by such major labels as Verve, Impulse, Jazzology, Black Swan, Circle Records, Paramount, Concord, Fantasy, Milestone, Monterey Jazz Festival Records, Original Jazz Classics, Pablo, Peak, Prestige, Riverside, Stretch Records, and Original Jazz Classics.* The list of artists ranges from Buddy Guy, Charlie Parker, Chuck Mangione, Dinah Washington, Diana Krall, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Grover Washington, Jr., Les Paul, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, and Peggy Lee, to Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Sarah Vaughan, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Billie Holliday, Thelonius Monk, Tony Bennett, and many others.
  • KA Arabic e-Library Authentication Required
    A wide range of Arabic content ranging from contemporary novels to national heritage scientific treatises. If you are having trouble with the Arabic font, visit the company's help page to find how to install the font on your computer.
  • Latino Literature Authentication Required
    Brings together more than 100,000 pages of poetry, fiction, and drama written in English and Spanish by hundreds of Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and other Latin authors working in the United States.
  • Literature Criticism Online Digital Archive Authentication Required
    This product includes ten core literature reference series (Contemporary Literary Criticism, 20th Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism, Literature Criticism 1400-1800, Classical and Mediaeval Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, Drama Criticism, Children's Literature Review).
  • Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005) Authentication Required
    Full-page digital archive of the Los Angeles Sentinel, 1934-2005. The oldest and largest black newspaper in the western United States and the largest African-American owned newspaper in the U.S. Part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
  • Proquest Congressional Authentication Required
    The LexisNexis Congressional Research Digital Collection (CRDC) provides full-text access to more than 5,000 Congressional committee prints published from 2004 to present and more than 23,000 Congressional Research Service reports published from 2004-present.
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  • Making of America Authentication Required
    A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.
  • Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources, 1620-1979 Authentication Required
    Primary Sources is a full-text searchable archive, including constitutional conventions and compilations (reports, journals, proceedings, and debates, and supplementary documents published by the conventions including, manuals, rules of order, and information for the use of delegates); city charters (the texts of enacted and proposed charters and ordinances in American jurisdictions); law dictionaries; early U.S. state codes; and colonial records. Includes Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources Part I (1620-1926) and Part II (1763-1979).
  • Making of the Modern World Authentication Required
    Provides full-text and full-page-image access to books from the 1460-1850 period, and pre-1906 serials.
  • Media HIstory Digital Library
    A "non-profit initiative dedicated to digitizing collections of classic media periodicals that belong in the public domain for full public access. The project is supported by owners of materials who loan them for scanning, and donors who contribute funds to cover the cost of scanning. We have currently scanned over 800,000 pages, and that number is growing. Our Collections feature Extensive Runs of several important trade papers and fan magazines."
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies Online Authentication Required
    Provides a large and growing resource of essential medieval and early modern sources online. MEMSO is a library of books concerning the study of medieval and early modern Britain and Ireland.
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune 1857-2001
    Minneapolis Tribune (1857-2001) and will integrate this historical newspaper into the Minnesota Newspaper Hub. The Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub contains hundreds of 19th and 20th century newspapers from cities and counties across the state.
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  • Minnesota Reflections
    Minnesota Reflections is a collection of more than 6,000 digital images of Minnesota prior to 1908, representing the first 50 years of statehood. The images were contributed by about 60 libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies from all corners of the state. This is the first collection of images produced by the Minnesota Digital Library Coalition. Future additions will include documents that have played an important role in Minnesota history.
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  • Naxos Music Library Authentication Required
    The Naxos Music Library is an online collection of recorded music in streaming audio-- primarily classical music, plus smaller collections of world music and jazz.
  • Naxos Music Library Sheet Music Authentication Required
    Over 45,000 sheet music titles in all classical genres, spanning music from Medieval to the 21st century and composers from Bach to Arvo Part. After you click on the "Download" button, you will need to install the Naxos Sheet Music Viewer software to download or print music.
  • Naxos Video Library Authentication Required
    A performing arts video library with hundreds of operas, ballets, documentaries, live concerts, and musical tours of historic places. It includes the Naxos DVD label, Opus Arte, Arthaus, Dacapo, EuroArts, among others and is continuously updated to offer the best selection of performing arts videos.
  • New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993) Authentication Required
    Full-page digital archive of the New York Amsterdam News, 1922-1993. This leading Black newspaper of the 20th century reached its peak in the 1940s.
  • Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers Authentication Required
    Digital archive of 19th century U.S. newspapers (1.7 million pages). Includes digital facsimile images of both full pages and clipped articles for hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers.
  • Nineteenth Century Digital Collections
    The University of Minnesota Libraries have acquired many large digital archives and in-depth indexes to 19th-century imprints, journals, documents, pamphlets, and other primary sources for scholarly research. Here is a guide to the major resources.
  • Colonial North American Project at Harvard University
    This website provides access to some of the remarkable materials digitized as part of the ongoing, multi-year Colonial North American Project at Harvard University. When complete, the project will make available to the world digitized images of all known archival and manuscript materials in the Harvard Library that relate to 17th and 18th century North America. Scattered through twelve repositories, these documents reveal a great deal about topics such as social life, education, trade, finance, politics, revolution, war, women, Native American life, slavery, science, medicine, and religion. In addition to reflecting the origins of the United States, the digitized materials also document aspects of life and work in Great Britain, France, Canada, the Caribbean, and Mexico. The 'Essays' on this website are the work of a Summer 2015 Arcadia Fellow, Alicia DeMaio, who was one of the first researchers to connect thematically related material from among the images digitized to date.
  • North American Indian Thought and Culture Authentication Required
    When complete, the database will represent the largest compilation ever created of biographical information on indigenous peoples from all areas of North America.
  • North American Women's Drama Authentication Required
    Brings together more than 1,500 plays by more than 300 playwrights, along with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more.
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  • Old Bailey
    The Old Bailey Proceedings Online makes available a fully searchable, digitised collection of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings from 1674 to 1913, and of the Ordinary of Newgate's Accounts between 1676 and 1772. It allows access to over 197,000 trials and biographical details of approximately 2,500 men and women executed at Tyburn, free of charge for non-commercial use.
  • Oxford Islamic Studies Online Authentication Required
    includes 4,921 Subject Entries -1,631 biographies 336 Chaptered Works; 404 Primary Sources and 401 Images & Maps More about this work at
    See What's Inside at
    includes: The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (March 2009)
    The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World The Islamic World: Past and Present The Oxford Dictionary of Islam The Oxford History of Islam What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam Teaching Islam
    Makers of Contemporary Islam
    Two Oxford World's Classics versions of the Qur'an:
    M.A.S. Abdel Haleem's The Qur'an, a prose translation, and
    The Koran Interpreted, a renowned verse translation by A.J. Arberry
    plus Hanna Kassis' Concordance of the Qur'an
  • Parliamentary Papers Authentication Required
    The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers are vital to the historical record of Britain, its former Colonies and the wider world. They are among the richest and most detailed primary sources for the history of the past two centuries, and are fundamental to an understanding of current legislation, policy making and the political environment. features publications published officially by the House of Commons or the House of Lords from 1688 to 1834.
  • Past Masters Authentication Required
    This cluster of full-text databases includes works by Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, the Continental Rationalists (Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz), and British philosophers from 1600-1900 (Bacon, Hobbes, Locke, plus Dewey, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Peirce; Political Philosophy: Machiavelli to Mill; and Wittgenstein.
  • Patrologia Latina (U Michigan) Authentication Required
    The Patrologia Latina Database contains 221 volumes and represents a complete electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologia Latina (1844-1855 and 1862-1865). "The Patrologia Latina (Latin for The Latin Patrology) is an enormous collection of the writings of the Church Fathers and other ecclesiastical writers published by Jacques-Paul Migne between 1841 and 1855, with indices published between 1862 and 1865. It is also known as the Latin series as it formed one half of Migne's Patrologiae Cursus Completus, the other part being the Patrologia Graeco-Latina of patristic and medieval Greek works with their (sometimes non-matching) medieval Latin translations." Description source: Wikipedia
  • Periodicals Archive Online Authentication Required
    Archive of 700 digitized, full-image journal with U.S. and international scholarly literature in the humanities and social sciences disciplines from 1802 to 2000.
  • Perseus Digital Library
    Greek and Roman Materials
    --Art & Archaeology Artifact Browser
    Arabic Materials
    Germanic Materials
    19th-Century American
    Renaissance Materials
    Richmond Times Dispatch
    Humanist and Renaissance Italian Poetry in Latin
  • Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002) Authentication Required
    Full-page digital archive of the Pittsburgh Courier, 1911-2002. One of the most nationally circulated Black newspapers, the Courier reached its peak in the 1930s. A conservative voice in the African-American community, the Courier challenged the misrepresentation of African-Americans in the national media and advocated social reforms to advance the cause of civil rights. Part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
  • Polling the Nations Authentication Required
    Polling the Nations is an online database of public opinion polls containing the full text of 500,000+ questions and responses, from 14,000+ surveys, conducted from 1986 through the present in the United States and more than 100 other countries around the world.
  • ProQuest Black Historical Newspapers Authentication Required
    African American newspapers that are included in the Proquest Historical Newspaper collection: Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003) Chicago Defender (1905 - 1975) Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005) New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993) Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002)
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm Authentication Required
    A collection of fully digitized newspapers that are produced from microfilm and can be browsed remotely. Content becomes available several months after the print issue. Proquest Digital Microfilm is for browsing only and cannot be searched by keyword. The library subscribes to the following titles:
    • New York Times 2008-
    • St. Paul Pioneer Press 2009-
    • Star Tribune (Minneapolis) 2008-
    • USA Today 2009-
    • Wall Street Journal 2008-
    • Washington Post 2008-

    Content on the Digital Microfilm platform will be available through Dec 31, 2018, after which it will be decommissioned. See the listing for each paper's "Digital Edition through ProQuest."

  • Proquest Historical Newspapers Authentication Required
    Search all the Proquest Historical Newspapers currently available at the University of Minnesota Libraries, or click on "Publications" to customize your search.
    • Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003)
    • Chicago Defender (1909-1975)
    • Chicago Tribune (1849-1993)
    • Christian Science Monitor (1908-2003)
    • Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005)
    • Los Angeles Times (1881-1993)
    • Minneapolis Star Tribune (1867-2001)
    • New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993)
    • New York Times (1851-2013)
    • Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002)
    • The Times of India (1838-2009)
    • Wall Street Journal (1889-1999)
    • Washington Post (1877-2000)
  • ProQuest Women's Magazine Archive Authentication Required
    Women's Magazine Archive comprises archival runs of leading consumer magazines for women in the twentieth century.
    • Better Homes and Gardens (1922 to 2005)
      Chatelaine (1928 to 2005)
      Good Housekeeping (1885 to 2005)
      Ladies Home Journal (1883 to 2005)
      Parents (1926 to 2005)
      Redbook (1903 to 2005)
  • Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
    CHNM uses digital media and technology to preserve and present history online, transform scholarship across the humanities, and advance historical education and understanding. Includes links to information on: Children and Youth in History, Historical Thinking Matters, History Matters, Imaging the French Revolution, Interpreting the Declaration of Independence by Translation, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution, Logo for Women in World History, Making the History of 1989 (fall of Communism in Eastern Europe), Object of History, Popular Romance Project, Probing the Past: Virginia and Maryland Probate Inventories,, Women in World History, World History Matters, and World History Sources
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  • Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Burney Collection Authentication Required
    Digital archive covering British news media from 1757-1817. The archive contains about 700 newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney. The contents were published mostly in London, and some were published in English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies, Europe and India.
  • Siku Quanshu 四庫全書 Authentication Required
    The Siku Quanshu was compiled between 1773 and 1782 under the edict of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty, China. Containing more than 3,460 works with a total of more than 36,000 volumes, it is the most comprehensive collection of Chinese scholarship.
  • Sixties, The: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives Authentication Required
    The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960–1974 brings the 1960s alive through diaries, letters, autobiographies and other memoirs, written and oral histories, manifestos, government documents, memorabilia, and scholarly commentary.
  • South and Southeast Asian Literature In English
    Approximately 100,000 pages of the writings from 1825 to the present, written by authors from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Fiji, including fiction, short fiction, poems, interviews, and manuscript materials.
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  • South Asian Newspapers -19th & 20th Century Authentication Required
    South Asian Newspapers includes searchable 19th and 20th century newspapers from South Asia. Featuring titles from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Covers late 19th and early 20th centuries. Part of the World News Archive collection.
  • State Papers Online Authentication Required
    State Papers Online, 1509-1714 is a collection of English government documents originating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries--when the King or Queen acted as Prime Minister as well as Monarch.
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  • Vanderbilt Television News Archive Authentication Required
    The Television News Archive available from Vanderbilt University, is an index to more than 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts from ABC, CBS, and NBC (August 1968 - present), and CNN daily news (1995 - present).
  • Theatre in Video (Alexander Street Press) Authentication Required
    Contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all.
  • TLG (Thesaurus Linguae Graecae) Authentication Required
    Contains most literary texts written in Greek from Homer to the fall of Byzantium in AD 1453. The goal is to create a comprehensive digital library of Greek literature from antiquity to the present era. The web version currently provides access to 3,800 authors and 12,000 works, approximately 99 million words. It is updated quarterly with new authors and works. For the web version go to the main site and choose Canon or Abridged Online TLG.
  • Times Digital Archive Authentication Required
    Digital Archive of The Times of London for the years 1785-2012. Full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories.
  • Twentieth Century North American Drama Authentication Required
    Contains 1,122 plays by 170 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more. Also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays.
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  • Umbra: Search African American History
    Umbra: Search African American History is a freely available search tool and widget that brings together over 400,000 digitized materials documenting African American culture and history from over 1,000 libraries, archives, and cultural heritage institutions.
  • UMedia Archive (UMN)
    Discover and learn about the rich collections available through the UMedia Archive.
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set - Digital Edition Authentication Required
    A rich source of primary source material on all aspects of American history, from the bound, sequentially numbered volumes of all the reports, documents, and journals of the US Senate and House of Representatives. Additional congresses are added each month. (coverage of 1817-1980; see ProQuest Congressional for full coverage)
  • U.S. Stocks Database (Global Financial Data)
    Comprehensive current and historical coverage of stocks traded on exchanges in the United States. The database provides daily data for current US stocks back to 1970 and monthly data back to 1815.
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  • United Nations Treaty Collection Authentication Required
    Includes all multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations and those formerly deposited with the League of Nations - their latest status and a link to the full texts; bilateral and multilateral treaties registered with and published by the United Nations Secretariat in accordance with Article 102 up to a certain date - Detailed treaty references and full texts in all authentic languages; recently deposited multilateral treaties that have been deposited but not yet published - available for viewing and downloading in some or all of their authentic languages.
  • VHA Visual History Archive Authentication Required
    The Visual History Archive is the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s digital collection of audiovisual interviews, with 54,000 testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust as well as other genocides including the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi Genocide, the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in China, and also Guatemala (1980s) and Cambodia (1970s).
    Note: most testimonies run about two hours, with the exception of Armenian massacre testimony recordings, which are shorter. Developed by the USC Shoah Foundation for Visual History and Education; Presented by the University of Minnesota Libraries and the University of Minnesota Office of Information Technology.

    In addition to our subscription access to the full range of testimonies, there is public access to over 1,600 testimonies.

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  • War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records 1629-1915
    In 1873 Secretary of War William Belknap purchased for the Federal Government the papers of Timothy Pickering, who had been a member of the Board of War, Adjutant General of the Continental Army, and Quartermaster General between 1777 and 1785; the papers of Samuel Hodgdon, Commissary General of Military Stores for several years during the Revolutionary War; miscellaneous contemporary papers; and some minor groups of records and individual items. Although the records span the period 1629-1915, the bulk of the information deals with the Revolutionary War period of 1775-83.
  • World News Digest Authentication Required
    This archival record of domestic and international news is updated weekly and contains more than 1 million internal hyperlinks and convenient new features such as tabbed search results. It covers all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940.
  • World Newspaper Archive Authentication Required
    This collection of historical newspapers published in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and other regions provides excellent coverage of the people, cultures, issues and events that have shaped world history.

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