Databases are a collection of data that have been organized and made searchable. Our library databases contain peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed journal articles, films, magazines, primary and secondary sources, and other useful research material. These databases can be found on our Databases and E-Resources page. They can be searched through alphabetically or by subject.
These databases contain both primary and secondary sources related to American history.
American Indian History Online - American Indian History Online provides access to more than 5,000 years of culture, history, and leaders. 320+ Native American groups are presented through subject entries, biographies, primary source documents, maps and charts, and photographs. Updated semiannually.
American Indian Newspapers - American Indian Newspapers explores nearly 200 years of Indigenous print journalism from the United States and Canada. The newspapers include national periodicals as well as local community news and student publications, with the bulk of titles founded in the 1970s.
Archives of Sexuality and Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 - The documents in the Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 present important aspects of LGBTQ life in the second half of the 20th century and beyond. Historical records of political and social organizations founded by LGBTQ individuals are featured, as are publications by and for LGBTQ people. Extensive coverage of governmental responses to the AIDS crisis is also included. The material is drawn from hundreds of institutions and organizations, including both major international activist organizations and local, grassroots groups.
Black Studies Center - A gateway to historical and current material for researching the past, present, and future of African-Americans, the wider African Diaspora, and Africa itself. It combines: Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP) Full Text, The Chicago Defender historical backfile (1909 - 1975), and Black Literature Index (1827 - 1940).
Everyday Life & Women in America c.1800-1920 - Periodicals, books, and pamphlets from the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History & Culture, Duke University & the New York Public Library. Includes 75 rare periodicals, such as Echoes of the South (Florida) and The Political Equality Series of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Includes a full run of Town Topics from the New York Public Library. Books cover all aspects of family life and diverse topics from politics to farming. Strong coverage of prescriptive and advice literature, and manuals for domestic management.
The First World War - A wealth of primary source material for the study of the First World War, from personal narratives and printed books to military files, propaganda pamphlets, and strong visual documents. The material is complemented by a range of contextual secondary material, including scholarly essays, case studies and interactive maps.
Historical Statistics of the United States - Quantitative facts of American history, collected from over 1,000 sources. Topics include population, work and welfare, economics, government, international relations, and more. Provides advanced features such as the ability to create custom tables and to download tables in Excel or CSV.
History Reference Center - History Reference Center includes documents, photos, maps, film, and video from leading history journals, as well as biographies of historical figures.
The Michigan Chronicle, 1936-2010 - The Michigan Chronicle, 1936-2010 provides searchable, full-text access to the full archive of the Michigan Chronicle. This newspaper offers primary source material essential to the study of American history and African-American culture, history, politics, and the arts. Examine major movements from the Great Migration and Civil Rights to the election of America's first Black president. Explore nearly nine decades of everyday life as written from the perspective of this Detroit-based paper providing researchers with unprecedented access to perspectives and information excluded or marginalized in mainstream sources.