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Primary Sources Research Databases (32 results)



19th Century Masterfile (includes Poole19th Century Masterfile (includes Poole's)

The 19th Century Masterfile is an accumulation of various indexes to printed materials from the nineteenth century. The library subscribes to Series I, which includes the following:

Poole's Index to Periodical Literature, 1802-1907
Index to Legal Periodical Literature, 1786-1922
An Alphabetical Subject Index and Index Encyclopedia to Periodical Articles on Religion, 1890-1899
Index to Periodicals, 1890-1902

: CCSU students, faculty and staff only.
: History   Primary Sources  


19th Century UK Periodicals Digital Archive database screen19th Century UK Periodicals Digital Archive

19th Century UK Periodicals provides a lens through which to study of all aspects of British life in the 19th century-- from art to business and from children to politics. The library owns Series 1 (New Readerships: Women's, Children's, Humor and Leisure/Sport) and Series 2 (Empire: Travel and Anthropology, Economics, Missionary and Colonial).
: CCSU students, faculty and staff only.
: Primary Sources   History   Women/Gender Studies


African American Periodicals 1825-1995 database screenAfrican American Periodicals 1825-1995

Based upon James P. Danky's monumental African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography (Harvard, 1998), this collection features more than 170 wide-ranging periodicals by and about African Americans. The publications include academic and political journals, commercial magazines, institutional newsletters, organizations' bulletins, annual reports and other genres.
: CCSU student, faculty and staff only.
: History   Primary Sources   African American Studies


AmericaAmerica's Historical Newspapers

Contains the full-text of hundreds of historic newspapers listed in Clarence Brigham's authoritative bibliography and in additional subsequent bibliographies. Includes: Early American Newspapers, Series 1 (1690-1876).
: CCSU students, faculty and staff only. PLEASE NOTE: Off-campus users may experience difficulty viewing the text in the display window. As an alternative, users should choose the "Download Issue" option to view PDF versions of selected issues and pages.
: Primary Sources   History   Newspapers


American Periodicals Series  database screenAmerican Periodicals Series

This database contains periodicals published between 1740 and 1940, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines and many other historically-significant periodicals.
: CCSU students, faculty and staff only.
: History   Primary Sources   E-Journal Collections


Ancestry Library Edition database screenAncestry Library Edition

This is the institutional version of Ancestry.com. Access the world's largest online collection of family records and resources, with billions of names from U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration records and passenger lists, military histories and records, and more. **Please note** Due to temporary issues with this database, off campus access is limited to records only, unfortunately images of documents cannot be viewed**
: CCSU students, faculty and staff only.
: History   Primary Sources   Genealogy


Avalon Project at Yale Law School database screen

Avalon Project at Yale Law School

A collection of digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government from the pre-18th through 21st centuries.
: Available to all users.
: Primary Sources   Legal Studies   Political Science


Boston Globe, Historical (1872-1979)  database screenBoston Globe, Historical (1872-1979)

The Historical Boston Globe (1872-1979) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
: CCSU students, faculty, and staff only.
: Newspapers   Primary sources   History


CCSU Digital Collections database screen

CCSU Digital Collections

Includes selected digitized materials from the Veterans History Project, CCSU Archives, the Lemon Law and Gov. William A. O'Neill Oral History Projects, and the Burritt Library Special Collections.
: Available to all users.
: Primary Sources   History  


Chicago Defender 1910-1975  database screenChicago Defender 1910-1975

The Chicago Defender has been a leading voice of the black community well beyond the Windy City, with more than two-thirds of its readership outside Chicago. The newspaper was a proponent of The Great Migration, the move of over 1.5 million African-Americans from the segregated South to the industrial North from 1915 to 1925. It reported on the Red Summer race riots of 1919, and editorialized for anti-lynching legislation and the integration of blacks into the U.S. military. This newspaper also supported the aviation career of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female pilot, and promoted the writing of Langston Hughes and Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks.
: CCSU students, faculty and staff only.
: African American Studies   Primary sources  


Chicago Tribune (Historical, 1849-1987) database screenChicago Tribune (Historical, 1849-1987)

The Chicago Tribune (1849-1985) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue.
: CCSU students, faculty and staff only.
: Newspapers   Primary Sources  


Connecticut Archives Online database screen

Connecticut Archives Online

The Connecticut Archives Online (CAO) is a project that aims to unify and simplify searching of archival holdings held in Connecticut's libraries, universities, colleges, museums and historical societies through one simple interface. Participating institutions include CCSU, CT State Library, Yale University, UCONN and Wesleyan University.
: Available to all users
:   Primary Sources   History


Digital National Security Archive (DNSA) database screenDigital National Security Archive (DNSA)

The Digital National Security Archive contains the most comprehensive set of declassified government documents available. It includes 36 collections consisting of over 80,000 indexed documents. Each of these collections, compiled by top scholars and experts, exhaustively covers the most critical world events, countries, and U.S. policy decisions from post World War II through the 21st century.
: CCSU students, faculty and staff only.
: Political Science   Primary Sources   Peace Studies


Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans 1639-1800 database screenEarly American Imprints, Series I: Evans 1639-1800

Full-text collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government documents and ephemera printed in America from 1639-1800. This collection is based on the bibliography originally compiled and edited by Charles Evans.
: CCSU students, faculty and staff only.
: History   Primary Sources  


Early Encounters in North America: People, Cultures and the Environment database screenEarly Encounters in North America: People, Cultures and the Environment

This project documents the relationships among peoples from 1534 to 1850. The collection presents the perspectives of traders, slaves, missionaries, explorers, soldiers, officials, native americans, and others.
: CCSU students, faculty and staff only.
: Primary Sources   History   Anthropology


European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750 database screenEuropean Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750

The database contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of native American peoples. A wide range of subject areas are covered; from natural disasters to disease outbreaks and slavery. The original bibliography was co-developed by John Alden and Dennis Landis, Curator of European Books at The John Carter Brown Library.
: CCSU students, faculty, and staff only.
: History   Primary Sources   Reference Works


Hartford Courant, Historical (1764-1984) database screenHartford Courant, Historical (1764-1984)

Full images of the complete Hartford Courant from 1764-1984. Contains full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue.
: CCSU students, faculty and staff only.
: Newspapers   History   Primary Sources


Historical Statistics of the United States - Millennial Edition database screenHistorical Statistics of the United States - Millennial Edition

The standard source for the quantitative facts of American history.

Topics ranging from migration and health to crime and the Confederate States of America are each placed in historical context by a recognized expert in the field. This fully searchable electronic edition allows users to graph individual tables and create customized tables and spreadsheets reflecting their own particular areas of interest.


: CCSU students, faculty and staff only.
: Primary Sources   History   Statistics


In the First Person: Index to Letters, Diaries, Oral Histories and Other Personal Narratives

Provides indexing of more than 2,500 collections of oral history from around the world. There are more than 260,000 pages of full-text by over 9,000 individuals from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.
: Available to all users.
: Primary Sources   History  


Library of Congress American Memory database screen

Library of Congress American Memory

American Memory is a gateway to the Library of Congress's vast resources of digitized American historical materials. Comprising more than 9 million items that document U.S. history and culture, American Memory is organized into more than 100 thematic collections based on their original format, their subject matter, or who first created, assembled, or donated them to the Library.

The original formats include manuscripts, prints, photographs, posters, maps, sound recordings, motion pictures, books, pamphlets, and sheet music.
: Available to all users.
: History   Primary Sources  


New York Times Historical (1851-2007) with Index database screenNew York Times Historical (1851-2007) with Index

Full images of the complete New York Times from 1851 to 2006. Search by keyword, by date, etc. Images of specific articles and full pages available.
: CCSU students, faculty and staff only.
: Newspapers   History   Primary Sources


North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories  database screenNorth American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories

Includes 2,162 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of information that provide a unique and personal view of what it meant to immigrate to America and Canada between 1800 and 1950.


: CCSU students, faculty and staff only.
: Primary Sources   History  


Oral History Online database screenOral History Online

Oral History Online provides in-depth indexing to more than 2,500 collections of Oral History in English from around the world. The collection also provides keyword searching of more than 271,000 pages of full-text by some 9,000 individuals from all walks of life.
: CCSU students, faculty and staff.
: Primary Sources   History  


Pooles Plus: the digital index of the nineteenth century database screenPooles Plus: the digital index of the nineteenth century

The 19th Century Masterfile is an accumulation of various indexes to printed materials from the nineteenth century. The library subscribes to Series I, which includes the following:

Poole's Index to Periodical Literature, 1802-1907
Index to Legal Periodical Literature, 1786-1922
An Alphabetical Subject Index and Index Encyclopedia to Periodical Articles on Religion, 1890-1899
Index to Periodicals, 1890-1902

: CCSU students, faculty and staff only.
: History   Primary Sources  


Publications on the Status of Women

Available via Women and Social Movements in the U.S..
: CCSU students, faculty and staff only.
: Primary Sources   History   Women/Gender Studies


ReadersReaders' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982)

Presenting a rich account of U.S. cultural history in a single source, Readers' Guide Retrospective allows the user to search the online equivalent of 44 Readers' Guide annuals.
: CCSU students, faculty and staff only. Access is limited to 3 users at a time.
: Primary Sources   Multi-disciplinary  


Sanborn Maps (CT & Maryland) 1867-1970 database screenSanborn Maps (CT & Maryland) 1867-1970

Includes digital versions of the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps for cities and towns in Connecticut and Maryland.

Sanborn fire insurance maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods.

: CCSU students, faculty and staff only.
: Primary sources   Reference Works  


Scientific American Archive (1948-1992) database screenScientific American Archive (1948-1992)

The Scientific American online archive contains the complete collection of Scientific American from May 1948 to December 1992.
: CCSU students, faculty and staff only.
: Science, general   E-Journal Collections   Primary Sources


Social and Cultural History: Letters and Diaries Online database screenSocial and Cultural History: Letters and Diaries Online

The most comprehensive archive of social memory yet created, Social and Cultural History: Letters and Diaries Online allows students, scholars, and online researchers to experience the past through thousands of private writings and personal narratives. Includes the contents of six Alexander Street Press collections, including Oral History Online, Black Thought and Culture, and North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories.
: CCSU students, faculty and staff only.
: Primary Sources   History   Cultural Studies


Times Digital Archive (1785 - 1985) database screenTimes Digital Archive (1785 - 1985)

The complete digital edition of The Times (London) with full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos.
: CCSU students, faculty and staff only.
: Newspapers   Primary Sources  


Vogue Archive  database screenVogue Archive

The full contents of Vogue magazine (US edition) in full color page image, from the first issue in 1892 to the present, with monthly updates for new issues.
: CCSU students, faculty, and staff only.
: Primary Sources   Art and Architecture   Women/Gender Studies


Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 - ScholarWomen and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 - Scholar's Edition

The Scholar's Edition of Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 includes all content from the "basic" edition along with the addition an important new resource: The Women's Commission Reports collection, an archive of the publications and documents of local, state, and federal Commissions on the Status of Women from 1963 to the present.
: CCSU students, faculty and staff only.
: History   Women/Gender Studies   Primary Sources


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