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Covering 1639-1819, these “imprints” include many genres of works, often informally published for local consumption, including broadsides, handbills, pamphlets, sermons, sheet music, maps, almanacs, and more. Database includes browsing and searching by genre, topic, place of publication, language. Page images available in PDF, JPEG, or TIFF. This database is bibliographies sometimes called "Evans," "Shaw-Shoemaker," or "Early American Imprints" after its pre-digital components. Cross-searchable with other Readex historical publications in Readex AllSearch.
Also known as Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 and Series II, Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819. Contains virtually every known book, pamphlet and broadside published in America between 1640 and the first two decades of the 19th century—more than 75,000 printed items in all. Based on renowned bibliographies by Charles Evans and Roger Bristol and by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker.
Based on Joseph Sabin's landmark bibliography, Bibliotheca Americana, this collection contains works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900's. Included are books, pamphlets, serials, and other documents that provide original accounts of exploration, trade, colonialism, slavery and abolition, the western movement, Native Americans, military actions, and much more. Cross-searchable with other archival collections in Gale's Primary Sources [Artemis] portal.
VT has coverage for Virginia and District of Columbia only. Uniform series of large-scale maps, starting in the mid-19th century, depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of towns and cities in Virginia and Washington, DC, in original color schemes. Useful to urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, and environmentalists. Map data include the outline of each building; size, shape, and construction materials; functions of structures; locations of windows and doors; street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, and house and block numbers. Displays images in the browser using a plugin for zooming and scrolling.
FIMO replaces the subscription to black-and-white Sanborn Maps for Virginia and DC from ProQuest. Access to many Sanborn maps of other parts of the US is available from the Library of Congress.
Important archive of historical legal and government documents from US and other jurisdictions: constitutions, codes, statutes, court reporters, treatises. Searchable. Displays original documents in full page image; interface resembled HathiTrust. Formerly Law Library Microfilm Collaborative. A digital collection of the Center for Research Libraries.
Don’t be misled by the title: as the official historical record of the U.S. government, these resources are essential for any historical, political, or cultural research of the United States. The US Congressional Serial Set(incorporating American State Papers,1789-1838, and maps,1789-1969) includes documents on virtually every topic the US Congress has taken an interest in – which can be just about anything anywhere in the world -- since 1789 both for law-making and for oversight of executive-branch agencies: congressional reports on public and private legislation considered during each Congress (example); reports of investigations commissioned or conducted by Congress or its parts (example); reports from federal executive agencies (including land surveys, research and statistical publications, and reports of scientific investigations and explorations) submitted to Congress (example); budgets of the United States (since 1923) (example); treaties presented to the Senate (since 1979) (example); and reports and other documents of select nongovernmental organizations (example), from the Red Cross to the Smithsonian and the American Legion to the American Historical Association. Comprising only documents Congress has declared to be particularly important, the Serial Set does not (usually) include text of bills and resolutions, hearings, nor committee prints.
See ProQuest's Serial Set guide.
Alternative access to the Serials Set: HeinOnline. Our existing Hein databases have always contained substantial portions of the Serial Set, including the American State Papers, comprehensive coverage of Foreign Relations of the United States, and thousands of House and Senate reports and documents inside compiled federal legislative histories.
The HeinOnline Portal offers a large and wide-ranging collection of historical and contemporary primary and secondary sources in law and governance, including codes, treaties, constitutions, topical collections of historical documents, law reviews, and legal treatises from the US, Canada, and the UK. Topical collections include Military and Government; Women and the Law; Pentagon Papers; Gun Regulation and Legislation in America; Slavery in America and the World.
Perhaps the most important collection of official primary sources to consult before beginning research on the history of US international relations, the Foreign Relations of the United States series presents the documentary historical record of major US foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. Prepared and issued by the Department of State since 1861, "FRUS" is the official compilation of selected documents from the files of the Department of State, the White House, and other agencies. It presents a historical view of American foreign policy and now comprises hundreds of individual volumes.
The organization of FRUS is generally chronological, but the dates of the volumes do not necessarily reflect the dates of documentary history. For example, the volumes for 1900-1918 do not include the records dealing with World War I or the Russian Revolution. Each volume has a subject and author index.
Besides providing the text of important foreign policy documents, FRUS also includes source citations (printed either with the document or as footnotes) that indicate the location of the original documents. In this way, FRUS serves as a guide to the location of additional documents on the same and related subjects.
The Digital National Security Archive provides primary documents on U.S. foreign and military policy since 1945. Subsets include the CIA Family Jewels Indexed information which reveals the CIA's most closely held secrets about their domestic intelligence activities they considered outside its charter, conducted at the height of the Cold War through 1973, and the Cuban Missile Crisis: 50th Anniversary Update which includes unpublished records from U.S. and Soviet archives.
OpenTexts.World is an experimental portal to more than 8 million free, digitized texts from major repositories around the world. Many historical eras and languages are represented. Search is basic keyword-matching, and cataloging is sparse – so it’s most appropriate for locating facsimiles of historical texts you know about. (For discovering if books exist to fill your needs, use the "libraries worldwide option in VT Discovery Search or another flavor of WorldCat.) Search results records link back to the source repositories’ own platforms, which are much more powerful.
As of October 2020 OpenTexts.World searches digitized content from
• HathiTrust (4,425,106 items). VT is a partner in HathiTrust, so you can download entire Hathi books via the yellow log in button in the Hathi interface.
• Internet Archive American Libraries Collection (2,956,349 items). VT has no formal relationship with IA; VT people have no more claim on items in the IA collection than anyone else in the world with internet access.
• DigitalNZ (244,376 items)
• Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford (231,088 items)
• The Wellcome Collection (182,576 items)
• National Library of Scotland (26,971 items)
• National Library of Wales (2,801 items)
• Queen’s University Belfast (186 items)
EEBO contains scanned page images (GIF and TIFF) of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. Coverages includes all subject areas with strong coverage in the humanities, performing arts, and education. Each is full-text searchable. See ProQuest's guide to Early English Books Online.
Counterpart to EEBO for works printed in continental Europe, Early European Books traces the history of printing and publishing in Europe from its origins through to the close of the seventeenth century, offering full-color, high-resolution facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources.See ProQuest's guide to EEB.
The HathiTrust Digital Library contains over seven million volumes and over one billion pages of scanned books, government documents, and other materials. About 20 percent of all content is in the public domain (and accessible to you; in-copyright titles that our library owns as print copies are also accessible in Hathi). You can also browse several public collections.1200s-present. Most of the book scans were made available by Internet Archive and Google Book, with regular library cataloging added. Content is available in several image formats, text, and PDF
Affiliated HathiTrust Research Center enables computational analysis of works in the HathiTrust Digital Library (HTDL) to facilitate non-profit research and educational uses of the collection.