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EXPERT TIP: This is just a selection of the primary source databases on North America available to Duke users. The see also links at the bottom of the page refer you to more options.
America's Historical Imprints
Combined search for Early American Imprints Series I and II plus supplements. Provides access to thousands of books, pamphlets, broadsides, maps and more. Coverage is 1639 to 1819.
American Civil War: Letters and Diaries
Provides access to over 1,000 sources of letters, diaries and memoirs from individuals who lived through and experienced the American Civil War. Coverage is 1855-1875.
American Founding Era Collection
Offers consolidated searching for the papers of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Dolley Madison, and Alexander Hamilton plus documents on the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
Provides access to scanned articles from over 1000 magazines and journals first published from 1740 to 1900. Coverage extends to 1940.
The American West
Provides access to a range of materials, including manuscripts, books and maps, on the American West. Coverage is 1722 to 1939.
Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century
Search for primary source materials on the freedom movement from governmental, organizational and personal perspectives.
Provides access to images of all the pages in Harper's Weekly from 1857 to 1912.
Provides access to the organizational records of the NAACP.
North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories
Provides access to thousands of pages of personal narratives, including letters, diaries, pamphlets, autobiographies, and oral histories. Coverage begins in 1840 with the main focus on the period from 1890-1920.
North American Women's Letters and Diaries
Contains over 2000 sources from North American women from colonial times to the 1950. It includes records from close to 1,500 women.
Sabin Americana, 1500-1926
Online collection of books, pamphlets, serials and other works about the Americas, from the time of their discovery to the early 1900s.
Tells the story of the 1960s through letters, oral histories, memoirs, broadsides, pamphlets, videos and more. Coverage is 1960 to 1974.
Slavery and Anti-Slavery
Search primary sources related to the history of slavery from the 15th through the early 20th century
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000
Provides access to a wide range of documents on women's activism.