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Early State Records

Early State Records, contains a compilation of the microfilm collection Records of the States of the United States of America that was created in the 1940's.

Included in the original project were: constitutions, the debates of constitutional conventions; statutes and early versions of compiled laws; journals and debates of the legislative bodies of the thirteen original states; administrative, executive, and court records; local, county, and city records; broadsides; records of the Native American nations; and newspapers covering British Colonial America and post-Revolutionary development.   The entire collection totals roughly 2,500,000 pages or images (approximately 1900 reels including at least one supplement.)

Provider: Law Library Microform Consortium
Updated: Jun 2, 2019 12:05am

Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture, 1790‐1920

Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture, 1790-1920 is a digital archive that provides access to: trial transcripts documents related to the development of forensic techniques, detective agency records, prisoner photographs, newspaper reports, true crime literature, police force records, prison postcards, Penny Dreadfuls, dime novels, detective fiction and mysteries, manuscript collections from well-known figures (police, criminals, detectives), and crime related broadsides and prints.

Provider: Gale
Updated: Apr 1, 2019 12:05am

Colonial America

Colonial America is a five-module resource expected to incorporate all 1,450 files form the CO 5 class at The National Archives, UK.  CO 5 contains the original correspondence between the Board of Trade and Secretaries of State and the English, later British, colonies in North America and the Caribbean from 1606-1822.

This is a five-module resource, with Module 1: Frontier Life, Early Expansion and Rivalries expected to be released in September 2015.

Module 1: Frontier Life, Early Expansion and Rivalries Module 2: Towards Revolution: Disputes and Origins of the Conflict Module 3: The...

Provider: Adam Matthew Digital
Updated: Nov 1, 2017 12:05am

HeinOnline

HeinOnline, the online platform of legal publisher William S. Hein & Co. Inc., consists of a set of collections that provide access to digital facsimiles of a wide range of printed primary sources on the history of Anglo-American law. The content and interface of HeinOnline are reviewed here; its value for use in historical research is compared to other databases in a CRL topic guide.

Provider: William S. Hein and Company Inc.
Updated: Jun 1, 2018 12:05am

Migration to New Worlds

Migration to New Worlds provides access to documents related to emigration to the United States, Canada and Australasia during the ‘century of immigration’ from 1800 to 1924.  Documents from the eighteenth century and some later material are also included.

This resource provides access to manuscript correspondence, diaries and travel journals, providing first-person accounts of the experiences of emigrants from various countries. It features material on English, Scandinavian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Polish and Scottish migrant experiences, along with some documents covering Chinese and Japanese migration to the United States. Primary source documents...

Provider: Adam Matthew Digital
Updated: Jun 16, 2016 12:00am

African American Communities

African American Communities provides access to primary source materials documenting race relations across social, political, cultural and religious perspectives in the United States from 1863-1986.  This collection focuses on Atlanta, Chicago, St Louis, Brooklyn, and towns and cities in North Carolina, and provides multiple views of the African American community through personal diaries and scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records and in-depth oral histories.

Provider: Adam Matthew Digital
Updated: Jun 16, 2016 12:00am

State Papers Online

State Papers Online is a comprehensive collection of primary source British documents. Four modules covering 1509 to 1714, the period of the Tudor and Stuart monarchies, have already been completed; a new collection for the 18th century (covering 1714 to 1782) will be released in three modules, beginning in summer 2013. This wealth of digitized documents includes manuscript correspondence, reports, Parliamentary drafts, and depositions on domestic and foreign affairs.

The latest part is: State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782: Part II: State Papers Foreign - Low Countries and Germany

Provider: Gale
Updated: Apr 1, 2019 12:05am

Indigenous Peoples: North America

The publisher has assembled an extensive grouping of archival materials related to Indians of North America, dating primarily up through the early twentieth century, with some material extending through the 1980s.

Provider: Gale
Updated: Apr 1, 2019 12:05am


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