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HIST 5141 North Carolina and Joyner Library Special Collections Resources: Databases and Other Online Resources

Databases and Other Online Resources

Though some of these resources fall outside of the temporal scope of the assignment, they all can be useful in understanding the historical background of whatever topic you choose.


America History and Life
A bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. 
American National Biography
The landmark American NationalBiography offers portraits of more than 17,400 men and women -- from all eras and walks of life -- whose lives have shaped the nation. More than a decade in preparation, the American National Biography Online provides electronic access and quarterly updates for the 1999 print ANB publication. The online edition adds hundreds of new entries each year and revises previously published entries to enhance their accuracy and currency. The ANB Online features thousands of illustrations, more than 80,000 hyperlinked cross-references, links to select web sites, and powerful search capabilities. 

American Civil War Research Database 
The American Civil War Research Database is a fine online resource for researching the soldiers, regiments, and battles of the American Civil War. The database contains indexed, searchable information on over 4 million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with 15,000 photographs. With thousands of regimental rosters and officer profiles, the database will continue to grow as new information is loaded bi-annually.

American Periodical Series Online 1740-1900
This collection includes digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals published from colonial days to the beginning of the 20th century.The collection will be comprised of more than 1,000 titles, including Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine, the first American professional journals, and several popular magazines still in publication, such as Vanity Fair, Harper's, and Ladies' Home Journal.

American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography
Includes the life histories of former American slaves and the transcripts of actual slave interviews. This is an authoritative collection of Works Progress Administration (WPA) slave narratives and the Comprehensive Name Index for The American Slave on the Web.

Colonial and State Records of North Carolina-UNC Chapel Hill
The Colonial and State Records of North Carolina has been an extraordinary resource for students of North Carolina's history for over one hundred years. The series includes documents and materials from throughout the country and from several European repositories covering the earliest days of North Carolina's settlement by Europeans through the ratification of the United States Constitution.

Documenting the American South-UNC Chapel Hill
Documenting the American South (DocSouth) is a digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. Currently DocSouth includes twelve thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs.   

Early American Newspapers (1690-1922)
Readex's Early American Newspapers, Series I, 1690-1922 is a unique, web-based archive of Americana that provides a fascinating glimpse into our nation's past. Early American Newspapers, Series I, 1690-1876 features the images and full-text content from about 700 historical publications. Series II adds about 200 titles, focusing on the period 1820-1860; and Series III adds about 125 titles, focusing on the period 1860-1920.

Early Encounters in North America
Early Encounters in North America contains about 1500 authors and over 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters between native inhabitants and explorers from other countries. Gathered from about 400 sources, entries include text and images searchable or browseable along several indexes, including encounter, environment and places, flora, fauna, images, author, year, sources, and personal or cultural events. 

Early English Books Online
From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare, this collection contains over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection. The Early English Books Tract Supplement provides an exceptional perspective on many aspects of 16th and 17th-century British life. 
Eighteenth Century Collections Online
The Eighteenth Century Collections Online is the most ambitious single digitization project ever undertaken. It delivers every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in Great Britain during the eighteenth century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas.

HarpWeek: The Civil War Era and Reconstruction
The web version of Harper'sWeekly covers the 18,500 pages of the magazine published during the Civil War era and Reconstruction. Harper's Weekly provided detailed information and insights on political, military and social issues and events prior to and during the Civil War and through the years of Reconstruction. The newspaper illustrations, which featured Winlsow Homer, Thomas Nast and Mathew Brady, were its readers primary source for visualizing personalities and current events; its editorials explored the positions and subtleties of timely topics and were a major force in shaping public opinion in the North; its 1,000-plus pieces of military and home front prose, along with its 18,000 indexed ads, help make the events, people and popular culture of that time readily understandable and accessible to today's students, teachers, and researchers.

JSTOR (Journal Storage Project) is a nonprofit organization whose goals include building a reliable and comprehensive archive of important scholarly journal literature, increasing access to these journals, and helping fill gaps in existing library collections of journal backfiles. To this end, it provides the complete back files of 218 important research journals in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. Journals are scanned, so that they include full page images that look just like the original.   

Newsbank: North Carolina Newspapers
Provides full-text articles from more than 50 newspapers in North Carolina. Titles include Charlotte Observer, Asheville Citizen-Times, The News & Observer, Winston-Salem Journal, Greensboro News & Record and many others.

North Carolina Biographical Index-UNC Chapel Hill
The North Carolina Collection Biographical Index contains citations to biographical sketches about North Carolinians. Over five hundred volumes, primarily from the North Carolina Collection and other libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, have been indexed to date.

Periodicals Index Online
Periodicals Index Online is the new name for Periodicals Contents Index - a database of millions of article citations published in the arts, humanities and social sciences, across more than 300 years.   

Periodicals Archive Online
Periodicals Archive Online is both an electronic index to the contents of thousands of scholarly journals and popular periodicals in the humanities and social sciences, from their first issues to 1995, and a major online archive that makes the backfiles of more than 200 periodicals in the humanities and social sciences available in digital form.   

Proquest Historical Newspapers
ProQuest Historical Newspapers offers full-text and full-image articles for The New York Times from 1851 - 2003, The Wall Street Journal from 1889 - 1989, The Washington Post from 1877 - 1990, The Los Angeles Times from 1881-1985, The Christian Science Monitor from 1908 - 1993, and the Chicago Defender from 1905 - 1975. Researchers can use the database to find not only news, editorials, letters to the editor, obituaries, and birth and marriage announcements, but also historical photos, stock photos, and advertisements.   

Sanborn Maps of North Carolina
Sanborn Maps for the state of North Carolina provides digital access to 11,173 large-scale maps of 158 North Carolina towns and cities. Users have the ability to easily manipulate the maps, magnify and zoom in on specific sections, and compare maps from different years. The maps cover the time period 1867-1970.