There are three major sources for online databases that
provide access to primary source materials:
Primary Source Collections Online
Examples of primary source databases available through
the Databases &
Article Searching section of the Yale library:
of Documentation: letters, diaries, publications, etc
The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries: includes more than 400
sources of diaries, letters, and memoirs providing access to thousands of views
on almost every aspect of the war. The writings of politicians, generals, slaves,
landowners, seaman, wives, and even spies are included
British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries:
includes the immediate experiences of 91 women, as revealed in approximately 24,000
pages of diaries and letters.
Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment:
this database, assembled from hundreds of primary sources, documents the relationships
among peoples and with the environment in North America from 1534 to 1850.
Empire Online is a collection of original documents relating to Empire Studies,
sourced from libraries and archives around the world.
North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories: provides
a unique and personal view of what it meant to immigrate to America and Canada between
1840 and 1950.
North American Women's Letters and Diaries, Colonial-1950: includes
the personal experiences of 1,325 women, as revealed in their diaries and letters.
When complete the collection will include approximately 150,000 pages of published
letters and diaries from individuals writing from Colonial times to 1950, plus 6,000
pages of previously unpublished materials.
Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600 - 2000: documents
the multiplicity of women's reform activities by bringing together thousands of
pages of books, images, and documents.
Magazines and Newspapers
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
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,
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
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