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America: history and life

Leading index to articles on the history of the United States and Canada. Indexes over 2,000 journals published worldwide, including major English-language historical journals, selected historical journals from other countries, state and local history journals and some journals in the social sciences and humanities.
Coverage: 1964-present
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Contains broadsides printed between 1820 and 1900, including official government proclamations; tax bills; town meeting reports; and contemporary accounts of the Civil War, unusual occurrences, and natural disasters. Also contains ephemera printed between 1760 and 1900,  including clipper ship sailing cards, early trade cards, bill heads, theater and music programs, stock certificates, menus and invitations documenting civic, political and private celebrations.
Coverage: 1760 – 1900
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Categories: ephemera, broadsides

American Memory: Historical Collections from the National Digital LibrarY (Library of Congress)

Primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States on a broad range of topics. Government and law collections include  Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789, A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875, Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860, and papers of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Abraham Lincoln.
Coverage: 1400-present
Access: Free online
Categories: Government documents, court documents, petitions, correspondence, papers

American Periodicals

American magazines and journals spanning nearly 200 years-from colonial times to the advent of American involvement in World War II. Titles range from America’s first scientific journal, Medical Repository, to popular magazines like Vanity Fair and Ladies’ Home Journal.
Coverage: 1741-1900
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Categories: magazines, journals

American State Papers, 1789-1838 (Archive of Americana)

Approximately 6280 numbered publications, largely Congressional but also containing Executive Department materials. Organized in ten classes: I Foreign Relations; II Indian Affairs; III Finance; IV Commerce and Navigation; V Military Affairs; VI Naval Affairs; VII Post-office Department; VIII Public Lands; IX Claims; and X Miscellaneous. Also available free online from American Memory.
Coverage: 1832-1861
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Categories: government documents

Archive of Americana

Books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government publications and ephemera including American Pamphlets, Series 1, 1820-1922American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series 1, 1760-1900;Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800; Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819; America’s Historical Newspapers, 1690-1922; American State Papers, 1789-1838; U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980; House and Senate Journals, Series I, 1789-1817; and Senate Executive Journals, Series I, 1789-1866.
Coverage: 1639-1922
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Categories: books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, ephemera, government documents

Artemis Primary Sources

Combined platform for searching primary source documents across Gale’s archival collections. Searchable collections include the Making of Modern Law databases, Crime, Punishment & Popular Culture, Making of the Modern World and others.
Coverage: Varies
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Categories: archival materials

Crime, Punishment and Popular Culture, 1790-1920

Full-text, page image collection of archival materials reflecting the impact of the changes in crime and policing during the long nineteenth century. Covers Europe, North America, India and the Antipodes.
Coverage: 1790-1920
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Categories: manuscripts, books, broadsheets, periodicals

Early American Imprints Series 1 & Early American Imprints Series 2 (Archive Of Americana)

Books, pamphlets, and broadsides issued in America from 1639 to 1819. Series I is based on the American Bibliography by Charles Evans and the Supplement to Charles Evans’ American Bibliography by Roger P. Bristol. Series II is based on American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801-1819 by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker.
Coverage: 1639-1819
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Categories: books, pamphlets, broadsides

Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Works printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 covering a broad range of subjects such as literature, history, music, art, linguistics, and religion. Based on titles listed in the Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English Books Printed Abroad, 1475-1640 first compiled by A. W. Pollard & G. R. Redgrave and the Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America, and of English books printed in other countries, 1641-1700 compiled by Donald Wing, as well as the complete Thomason Tract Collection of pamphlets, books, newspapers and manuscripts issued from 1640-1661 and the Early English Books Tract Supplement.
Coverage: 1473-1700
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Categories: books, pamphlets, newspapers, manuscripts, tracts

Early European Books (EEB)

Continental texts printed up to 1701 covering a broad range of topics including literature, history, music, art, linguistics, and religion. EEB offers full-color, high-resolution facsimile images scanned directly from the original printed sources. Each item in EEB is captured in its entirety, complete with its binding, edges, endpapers, blank pages, and any loose inserts, providing information about the physical characteristics and provenance histories of the original artifact.
Coverage: Up to 1701
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Categories: books

The Early Republic: Critical Editions on the Founding of the United States

Primary material documenting the actions, debates, and thoughts of the First Federal Congress and its members. Based on the 17-volume publication Documentary History of the First Federal Congress produced by the First Federal Congress Project and published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.
Coverage: 1789-1791
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Categories: government documents

Eighteenth Century Collections OnlinE (ECCo)

Over 150,000 books published during the 18th Century in such fields as history and geography, fine arts, social sciences, medicine, science and technology, literature and language and religion and philosophy.
Coverage: 1701-1800
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Categories: books

Eighteenth Century Journals

A selection of rare journals printed between 1714 and 1799 illuminating all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life. Many are ephemeral, lasting only for a handful of issues, others run for several years.
Coverage: 1714-1799
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Categories: journals

HeinOnline English Reports

Full-text, page image access to the original bound reprint edition of the English Reports together with the Indexes and Book of Charts. The English Reports is a 178 volume set containing more than 100,000 early English cases published between 1220 and 1865. The English Reports is not a chronological publication. It is a reprint of hundreds of nominate reports, which are case reporters of specific courts referred to by their creator’s name. Each case in the English Reports has two citations, an English Reports citation, and a nominative citation.
Coverage: 1220-1865
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Categories:  court reports

HeinOnline Law Journal Library

Full-text, page image access to law reviews and journals. Coverage begins with a journal’s first volume but does not usually include its most recent issues. Use the HeinOnline ScholarCheck citator to locate bar journals and law reviews that cite an article.
Coverage: Varies by title
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Categories: journals, articles

HeinOnline Legal Classics

Full-text, page image collection of many of the most highly regarded works written on the law. The Legal Classics collection is based on titles listed in the Bibliography of Early American Law by Morris L. Cohen. Additional titles have been selected from early British and Commonwealth works as well as from the AALS Law Books Recommended for Libraries.
Coverage: 16th century-present
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Categories: books

HeinOnline U.S. Presidential Library

Access to a wide variety of sources of Presidential Documents, Messages and Papers, including A Compilation of Messages and Papers of the Presidents compiled by James D. Richardson (Volumes 1-20, 1789-1916, George Washington to Woodrow Wilson); A Compilation of Messages and Papers of the Presidents (New Series) compiled by James D. Richardson (Volumes 1-22, 1789-March 1929, George Washington to Herbert Hoover) and other Presidential sources including Code of Federal Regulations: Title 3 (1936-2001, includes Proclamations, Executive Orders and other Presidential Documents including Administrative Orders and Reorganization Plans); Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States (1789-1989); Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents; Economic Reports of the President; List and Index of Presidential Executive Orders, 1789-1941 edited by Clifford L. Lord; and Presidential Executive Orders edited by Clifford L. Lord (Volumes 1-2, 1862-1938).
Coverage: 1789-present
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Categories: presidential documents, regulations, executive orders

HeinOnline World Trials Library

Transcripts and accounts of trials from around the world. Also included are works that analyze and debate famous trials and biographies of well-known trial lawyers.
Coverage: 17th century to present
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Categories: trial transcripts, books, articles, biographies

Historical Abstracts with Full Text

Leading index to articles on the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada which are covered by America: History and Life). Covers over 1800 historical journals published throughout the world. Full text is available for many journals.
Coverage: 1450 century to present
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Categories: index

House and Senate Journals, Series I, 1789-1817 (Archive of Americana)

Digital collection of the Journals of the United States House of Representatives and Senate covering the first 14 Congresses of the United States. The Journals contain the minutes of floor actions noting matters considered and votes and other actions taken. The Journals do not record the actual debates in the House and Senate. The House Journal and Senate Journal (1st-43rd Congress, 1789-1875) are also available through American Memory.
Coverage: 1789-1817
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Categories: congressional documents

Index to Legal Periodicals RetrospectivE, 1908-1981 (ILPR Retrospective)

Index to over 750 legal periodicals and covers the period 1908-1981. Geographical coverage includes the United States, Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland and New Zealand. Also available in print. See Jones & Chipman for earlier coverage.
Coverage: 1908-1981
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Categories: index

Jones & Chipman’s Index to Legal Periodical Literature

Index of the content of about 235 British legal periodicals and 67 Law Report titles from 1786-1922. It is available through 19th Century Masterfile, a collection of indexes covering 19th-century periodicals and newspapers. Jones & Chipman is also available in print (coverage includes up to 1937).
Coverage: 1786-1922
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Categories: index


Full-text, page image access to more than 200 academic journals covering a very wide range of disciplines. JSTOR allows browsing by issue and full-text searching by discipline, by individual titles, or of the entire collection. Coverage of a journal begins with its first volume. However, current volumes may not be available.
Coverage: varies by title
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Categories: journal articles

Law and Society since the Civil War: American Legal Manuscripts from the Harvard Law School Library (ProQuest History Vault)

Eleven digitized manuscript collections from the Harvard Law School Library, highlighting three Supreme Court Justices, the first Black federal judge, high-profile cases, and insights into developing ideologies and laws, as far back as 1861 with the Papers of Oliver Wendell Holmes, which span from the Civil War to the Great Depression. The Papers of Louis D. Brandeis and Felix Frankfurter provide a behind-the-scenes view of the Supreme Court between 1919 and 1961.
Collections: Louis Brandeis, Zecheriah Chafee, Jr., Richard H. Field, Felix Frankfurter, Sheldon Glueck, William Henry Hastie, Livingston Hall, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.,  Albert Levitt, Roscoe Pound, and Sacco-Vanzetti case papers.
Coverage: 1861-1976
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Categories: manuscripts


Legal Portraits Online

Digitized collection of more than 4,000 portrait images of lawyers, jurists, political figures, and legal thinkers dating from the Middle Ages to the late 20th-century drawn from the Harvard Law School Legal Portrait Collection. These prints, drawings, and photographs depict legal figures prominent in the Common Law as well as those associated with the Canon and Civil Law traditions.
Coverage: Middle ages-twentieth century
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Categories: art, paintings, prints, drawing, photographs

LLMC Digital

Digital collection of both historical and current legal literature and government documents. LLMC Digital includes collections for U.S. federal, state and territorial materials, as well as foreign and international materials.
Coverage: varies by collection
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Categories: government documents, court reports, books

Making of Modern Law—Legal Treatises

Full-text, page image collection of 19th and early-20th-century legal treatises on British Commonwealth and American law.  The collection covers a wide range of analytical, theoretical, and practical literature, and includes casebooks, local practice manuals, books on legal form, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, and speeches.
Coverage: 1800-1926
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Categories: casebooks, forms, treatises, practice manuals, letters, speeches, pamphlets

Making of Modern Law—Primary Sources

Full-text, page image collection of state codes, city charters, documents relating to constitutional conventions and other resources in American legal history.
Coverage: 1620-1970
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Categories: codes, charters, constitutional conventions, colonial records

Making of Modern Law—Trials 1600-1926

Full-text, page image collection of books and pamphlets, official and unofficial trial documents and materials, legal transcripts, administrative proceedings, and arbitrations from the early seventeenth century to 1926. The materials include not only published trial transcripts, but also popular printed accounts of sensational trials for murder, adultery and other crimes.
Coverage: 1600-1926
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Categories: books, pamphlets, trial documents, transcripts, arbitrations

Making of Modern Law—U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs

Full-text, page image collection of documents from U.S. Supreme Court cases, covering 1832-1978. Search by keyword, author (counsel or organization), case name, court term year and document filing date, and U.S. Reports citation. U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs is derived from the collections of the Jenkins Memorial Law Library in Philadelphia and Library of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Document types include Appellant’s Brief; Appellee’s Brief; Application for Review; Application for Writ; Brief in Opposition; Brief of Real Party; Intervenor’s Brief; Jurisdictional Statement; Letter Brief; Opposition for Review; Oral Transcript; Petition; Petition for Rehearing; Petitioner’s Brief; Petition for Writ of Certiorari; Relator’s Brief; Supplement to Petition; and Transcript.
Coverage: 1832-1978
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Categories: records, briefs, petitions, transcripts

Making of the Modern World: The Goldsmiths’-Kress Library of Economic Literature

Full-text, page image collection of economic literature selected from the collections of the Goldsmiths’ Library of Economic Literature at the University of London Library and the Kress Library of Business and Economics at the Harvard Business School along with supplementary materials from the Seligman Collection in the Butler Library at Columbia University and from the libraries of Yale University. The Making of the Modern World digital collection focuses on economics as well as such related topics as political science, history and sociology and includes special collections on banking, finance, transportation and manufacturing.
Coverage: 1450-1945
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Categories: monographs, journals, government documents, proclamations, ephemera, broadsides, pamphlets

Nineteenth Century MasterfilE:1106-1930

Access to historical research prior to 1930. Nineteenth Century Masterfile brings together over 60 subject indexes to periodicals, newspapers, books, U.S. and U.K. government documents, and U.S. patents.
Coverage: 1106-1930
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Categories: index

ProQuest History Vault

Archival materials including manuscripts, digitized letters, papers, photographs, scrapbooks, financial records, diaries and many other source materials. Subject modules include Civil Rights and the Black Freedom Struggle; Southern Life, Slavery and the Civil War; American Indians and the American West; American Politics and Society; International Relations and Military Conflicts; and Women’s Studies.
Coverage: varies by module
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Categories: manuscripts, letters, papers, photographs, diaries, scrapbooks, legal documents

ProQuest U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection: 1789-1969

Incorporated into Proquest Congressional. Digital collection of reports, documents and journals of U.S. Congress. The U.S. Congressional Serial Set constitutes an incomparably rich collection of primary source material on all aspects of American history. Use this resource for researching political history, military history, explorations, social history, ethnic history, genealogy, cultural history, international relations, commerce and industrial development. The U.S. Congressional Serial Set is available on microfiche. The U.S. Congressional Serial Set is also available through Archive of Americana and American Memory.
Coverage: 1789-1969
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Categories: congressional documents, reports, journals

Senate Executive JournalS 1789-1980 (Archive of Americana)

Digital collection of the Executive Journal of the United States Senate covering the 1st Congress through the 96th Congress. The Executive Journal records Senate executive proceedings related to the confirmation of Presidential nominees and consenting to treaties. The Senate Executive Journal is also available through American Memory.
Coverage: 1789-1980
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Categories: executive proceedings, confirmations, treaties

U.S. Congressional Serial Set (Archive OF AMericana) 

Digital collection of reports, documents and journals of U.S. Congress. The U.S. Congressional Serial Set constitutes an incomparably rich collection of primary source material on all aspects of American history. Use this resource for researching political history, military history, explorations, social history, ethnic history, genealogy, cultural history, international relations, commerce and industrial development. The U.S. Congressional Serial Set is available on microfiche. The U.S. Congressional Serial Set is also available through ProQuest and American Memory.
Coverage: 1817-1994
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Categories: congressional documents, reports, journals