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Primary source newspaper collection addressing the experience of U.S. soldiers during World War I, covering 1916-1921. Camp newspapers, most of which were published under the auspices of the National War Work Council of the Y.M.C.A., kept soldiers informed about the home front, political questions of the day, the war abroad, and camp life.
Research database covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes hundreds of full-text history journals, plus features such as the ability to search by time period.
Primary source collection of more than sixty newspapers from the collections of the American Antiquarian Society. The Flash Press arose and crested between the 1830s and the 1850s. These papers covered the seamier aspects of urban life: crime, scandal, brothels and blackmail, combined with reviews of the bawdiest theatrical performances on offer and reports on sporting events such as cock-fighting, boxing and horse racing.
Over 775,000 high-quality runway, back-stage and street-style photographic images from international fashion shows across Paris, London, New York, and Milan in the late 1970s to 2000, presented alongside biographies and scholarly articles for context.
Over 2700 videos of fashion shows held between 1979 and 2003 exhibiting the work of over 450 international designers.
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing in collaboration with the Churchill Archives Centre, the Churchill Archive includes more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Winston S. Churchill’s personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders.
Extensive collection of primary sources covering British governance of 25 islands in the Caribbean from 1624-1870, drawn from the Colonial Office Files from the National Archives of the UK. Includes administrative documentation, trade and shipping records, minutes of council meetings, and details of plantation life, colonial settlement, imperial rivalries across the region, and the growing concern of absentee landlords.
Primary source collection produced in collaboration with the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive. Features thousands of audio field recordings and interviews, educational recordings, film footage, field notebooks, slides, correspondence and ephemera documenting the musical traditions of communities around the world.
Diverse digital collection of primary sources for the study of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Includes the personal and business papers of key industrialists and financiers; records of rail, steel and oil corporations; material on labor disputes, politics and progressivism; and rich visual content on fashion, material culture and architecture.
MLA Handbook Plus includes the full text of the ninth edition of the handbook and additional supporting materials, including other MLA guides and instructor resources. Annual updates to the handbook are included.
National Survey of State Laws (NSSL) provides an overall view of some of the most-asked-about and controversial legal topics in the United States. The database is derived from Richard Leiter’s National Survey of State Laws print editions. The current 8th edition (2018), along with the 7th (2015), 6th (2008), and 5th (2005) editions are available. Presented in an interactive chart format, NSSL allows users to make basic state-by-state comparisons of current state laws. The database is updated regularly as new laws are passed or updated.
Comprehensive business library containing millions of full-text items across scholarly and popular periodicals, newspapers, market research reports, dissertations, books, videos, and more.
Online learning tool for primary source literacy that can be used in classroom-based and online teaching as well as for independent study. Introduces students to core principles and practices for understanding and using primary sources, including types of archives, how to read digital archives, how to critically evaluate a source, how to understand underrepresented voices in the archive, and how to use digital tools such as data mining. Includes primary sources and data sets for practice as well as case studies.

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