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LIBRARY GUIDE TO History - 19th Century U.S. History

Primary Sources
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff American Periodicals Online Series
This source includes digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals published from 1740-1940. Titles range from Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine and America's first scientific journal, Medical Repository; popular magazines such as Vanity Fair and Ladies' Home Journal; regional and niche publications; and groundbreaking journals like The Dial, Puck, and McClure's.
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff New York Times Historical
The entire digital archives of the newspaper since 1851.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Harper's Weekly
America's leading 19th century illustrated newspaper. Coverage: 1857-1889

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819
This full-text historical collection contains books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government documents and ephemera printed in America over three centuries. Take a look at our guide to EAI for an introduction on searching or browsing the imprints. How to export to RefWorks
Slavery sources at KL on microfilm

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff History Vault: Southern Life and Slavery
A collection of digitized primary sources documenting the far-reaching impact of slavery and the plantation system on the American South and the nation.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Thanks to Mel HeritageQuest
HeritageQuest Online provides access to digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records from 1790-1930. Other valuable content includes Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank records, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), and digitized pages from more than 28,000 genealogy and local history books. Thanks to MeL Access ended 9/30/2018.  
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff ARTstor
Over one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences. To find U.S. history resources browse by Geography, select United States.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Thanks to Mel Michigana
Online primary sources documenting Michigan history.

Michigan County Histories and Atlases

Primary sources online
(in addition to those listed in the general history guide):
For more sources, see:
General history resources
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff JSTOR
Archives the full-text of articles from numerous history journals.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff America: History & Life
The definitive index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. Provides indexing for 1,700 journals. How to export to RefWorks. Coverage: 1964-present
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Project MUSE
Includes numerous history journals.

Encyclopedias and general overviews:
Major journals in 19th century U.S. history
The Journal of American History. One of the leading scholarly publications in the field of American history.

The American Historical Review. The journal of the American Historical Association covers all fields of history and is the leading scholarly historical publication in the U.S.
Find Books

Library OneSearch
Use the catalog to find books, videos, recordings, and goverment documents we have at the library.

A statewide catalog of many of Michigan's libraries. It allows you to request books at another library be sent to Kresge Library for you.

Free American History Textbook
The American Yawp is a free, online American history textbook created by history professors as an alternative to the traditional textbook.
Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan
You may request materials we don't have and we'll borrow them from another library for you.



Refworks allows you to create a personal database of references and automatically generate formatted bibliographies for your projects.

For more information
The  history guide has additional primary sources.

Includes a searchable database of digital scholarship and a listing of websites related to nineteenth-century materials.
Library Contact
Picture: Dominique Daniel

Dominique Daniel
Humanities Librarian for History and Modern Languages

To make an appointment:
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