Research Databases

Selected Websites

  • Historic American Newspapers - Chronicling America

    Search and read newspaper pages from 1836 to 1922 and find information about American newspapers published from 1690 to the present.

    Full-text holdings include the Saint Paul Globe:

  • American Memory (Library of Congress)

    Materials from the Library of Congress and other institutions providing access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.

  • Making of America

    Digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection contains approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints, and is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. (University of Michigan)

  • Avalon Project

    Documents in law, history, and diplomacy dating from 4000 BC to the present. (Yale Law Library)

  • Internet History Sourcebooks Project

    A collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented for educational use.

    Texts cover ancient, medieval, and modern history.


  • Historic Cities

    Maps of cities around the world, dating from 1486 onward.

  • American Presidency Project

    Collects the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, the Public Papers of the Presidents, and the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. The site also features election resources and State of the Union data.

  • Historical Maps of the United States

    From the Perry-Casteneda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas, these maps cover the time from early inhabitants of North America through U.S. territorial growth. military history, and historical maps of cities.

  • National Register of Historic Places

    Official list of the United States' cultural resources deemed worthy of preservation. Includes buildings, structures, sites, and districts significant in America history, architecture, engineering, and culture. The site includes lesson plans, travel information, and a searchable database of all listings.

  • National Archives

    Research records held by the National Archives and find information on how to get started with archival research.

  • National History Day

    National History Day is an inter-disciplinary research project for students in grades 6-12. 

  • History Day Help

    Information and help for History Day projects.

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