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Accessible Archives Search 18th-century Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia newspapers; 19th-century African-American newspapers; county histories; and 19th-century periodicals including Godey's Lady Book.
African American Newspapers, 1827–1998 Search 19th- and 20th-century African American newspapers.
America's Historical Imprints Search full-text books published in America, 1639–1819.
America's Historical Newspapers Search American newspapers primarily from the 18th and 19th centuries.
American Ancestors Search 366 databases from the New England Historic Genealogical Society, including The Virginia Genealogist. A complete list of databases is available.
American Founding Era Search digital editions of the papers of several founding fathers/mothers: Adams (John & Abigail), Jefferson, Madison (James & Dolley), Marshall, and Washington. (A related database, Founders Online, is available from the U.S. National Archives.)
American State Papers, 1789–1838 Search United States legislative and executive documents, 1789–1838.
Ancestry Library Edition Search multiple databases to access genealogy records from throughout the world.
ARTFL Project Search 3000 full-text French pieces of literature, 13th–20th centuries, including the Encyclopedia Diderot.
Burney Collection Newspapers Search the mostly British 17th- and 18th-century newspaper collections of the Reverend Charles Burney (1757–1817).
Caribbean Newspapers, 1718–1876 Search 18th- and 19th-century newspapers from 22 Caribbean islands.
Colonial America Search 17th and 18th century documents from Britain's Colonial Office files on early settlement, the French and Indian War and the build-up to the American Revolution.
The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution Search The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution, a landmark work that draws upon thousands of sources to trace the development of the U.S. Constitution.
ECCO, Eighteenth-Century Collections Online Search 180,000 18th-century English books by author, title, or keyword.
Eighteenth-Century Journals Part II Search British periodicals, ca. 1685–1835, from the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.
FirstSearch Search WORLDCAT, a bibliographic database of library holdings in North America.
Fold3 Search primary source documents from the U.S. National Archives, including passport applications, naturalization records, and military records.
HeritageQuest Online Search selected U.S. census records, the Freedman's Bank, the Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), and full-text genealogy books.
Humanities E-Books Search approximately 4,300 high-quality humanities books.
Invaluable (previously Artfact) Search this online auction marketplace for fine art, the decorative arts, and collectibles.
JSTOR Search academic periodicals in the arts and sciences by keyword, title, or author. A complete title list is available.
Nineteenth-Century U.S. Newspapers Search 19th-century U.S. newspapers by keyword.
Oxford English Dictionary Search the accepted authority on the meaning, history, and pronunciation of English words.
Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice Search primary sources from archives and libraries across the Atlantic world related to slavery, abolition, and social justice.
Sources in U.S. History Online: The American Revolution Search primary documents from the time of the American Revolution, including official correspondence, personal letters, collected writings of key figures, speeches, memoirs and narratives of soldiers and civilians, histories, and biographies.
Southern Life & African American History Search this database based on the microfilm set "Records of Antebellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War."
Virginia Company Archives Search the "Ferrar Papers," 1590–1790, and The Records of the Virginia Company.
Virginia Gazettes on the Colonial Williamsburg Digital Library Read issues of Virginia Gazette newspapers printed in Williamsburg, 1736–1780. Included are links to other online versions of the Virginia Gazette.
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