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Best Bets: Newspapers and Periodicals
Nineteenth (19th) Century U.S. Newspapers Digital Archive This link opens in a new window 19th-century newspapers from various urban and rural regions throughout the U.S. Strong in topics such as Civil War, African-American history, Western migration, etc.
America's Historical Newspapers 1690-1998 This link opens in a new window American and U.S. local newspapers from all 50 states, ranging from 1690 to 1998.
American Periodicals, 1740-1940 This link opens in a new window U.S. periodicals, including special interest, general, children's, women's, literary, and professional. Includes American independence and Civil War articles.
Best Bets: Government Documents
American State Papers 1789-1838 This link opens in a new window U.S. Congressional and Executive documents, 1789-1838. Covers many topics, such as Lewis and Clark expedition and trade with China.
U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1994 This link opens in a new window Reports, documents, journals of U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, 1817-1994. Every publication, over 415,000 documents, from 15th - 103rd Congresses.
Video Tutorial: Searching "America's Historical Newspapers"
This video introduces the database America's Historical Newspapers. Although it focuses on some special search options for newspapers, it will also be helpful for understanding the similar interfaces of American State Papers and U.S. Congressional Serial Set.
Best Bet: Other Collections
Library of Congress Digital Collections
American history, 1400-present, documented by the Library of Congress. Millions of items: written & spoken words, audio, video, images, maps, sheet music, etc.
Find Much More
Find primary source collections on many topics with this library guide: