primary sources at yale
Primary Source Collections Online
There are three major sources for online databases that provide access to primary source materials:


Examples of primary source databases available through the Databases & Article Searching section of the Yale library: Thematic Collections of Documentation: letters, diaries, publications, etc Images
  • Associated Press Photo Archive: The Photo Archive is an electronic library containing the AP's current photos and a selection of pictures from their 50 million image print and negative library.

  • ARTstor: ARTstor is a digital library of approximately 550,000 images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.

  • Also check out digital resources from Yale's collections
Magazines and Newspapers
  • Accessible Archives: provides a searchable collection of American newspapers from the 18th & 19th Centuries. Eras covered include the Colonial Period, the French & Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, African-American History, Industrial Revolution, and Genealogy

  • America's Historical Newspapers: This archive of American historical newspapers provides access to full text digitized versions of primary source material, Early American Newspapers, Series I, II, III, IV, and V. It includes titles from all 50 present states.

  • American Periodical Series: contains 1000 magazines published between 1741 and 1900. Titles include Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine, the first American professional journals, and several consumer magazines still in publication, such as Vanity Fair, Harper's, and Ladies' Home Journal. The search interface allows you to search the complete text, including tables of contents, by boolean and keyword operators. Articles are linked to the corresponding page images, downloadable in PDF format.

  • Historical Newspapers Complete: includes extensive runs of the NY Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and other major newspapers.

  • Yale Daily News
Early Published Works

NB: These are just examples. To learn about additional databases,
search the Databases & Article Searching section of the Yale library
web site,talk to a collections specialist, or search in Orbis.