Primary Source Databases
The Libraries subscribe to hundreds of online databases. Those listed below are not inclusive of all databases with access to primary sources. The list of subject pages should be consulted for additional resopurces.
Early Published Works
American broadsides and ephemera. Series I Offers fully searchable facsimile images of approximately 15,000 broadsides printed between 1820 and 1900 and 15,000 pieces of ephemera printed between 1760 and 1900.
Early American imprints. Series I, Evans (1639-1800) Search or browse the content of books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints
Early American imprints. Series II, Shaw-Shoemaker (1801-1819) Search or browse the content of books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints
ECCO : Eighteenth Century collections online
A comprehensive searchable digital edition of The Eighteenth Century microfilm set, which has aimed to include every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas, between 1701 and 1800
EEBO : Early English books online
Contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700
Making of the modern world, 1450-1850 Provides full-text and full-page-image access to books from the 1460-1850 period, and pre-1906 serials, focusing on economics interpreted in the widest sense.
This collection contains works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900's.
Allows users to search more than 1,000 U.S. historical newspapers published between 1690 and 1922, including titles from all 50 states. Includes African American and Hispanic newspapers.
Consists of digitized reproductions of more than 1,100 eighteenth and nineteenth century newspapers and periodicals
Eighteenth century journals Portal to newspapers and periodicals c1685-1815
Nineteenth century U.S. newspapers Searchable database containing digital facsimile images of newspapers; presented as full page layout as well as single articles
ProQuest historical newspapers Full text of major English-language newspapers
Seventeenth-eighteenth century Burney Collection newspapers Searchable full-text access to the British Library's collection of the newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817)--
Times digital archive, 1785-1985 Searchable database of full-text and full-image articles from the Times of London for the years 1785-1985.
Vogue archive online
Contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images
Access to over 500,000 pages of previously classified government documents
Provides access to some 150,000 pages of letters and diaries of 1,300+ women writing from Colonial times to 1950.
Provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history
Searchable database containing streaming video files of dance productions, documentaries, editorials, interviews, performances and ... [ more ]editorials by influential performers and companies of the 20th century
Many Lectures and Workshopsheld at MSRI are captured on streaming video, and are available, along with lecture notes or slides
A performing arts video collection with over 1,100 operas, ballets, documentaries, live concerts, and musical tours of historic places
250 of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries
Contains performances of the world's leading plays and film documentaries on the subject of theater in streaming video.
Provides access to critically acclaimed documentaries from filmmakers worldwide.