History

History in Video Subscription Channel

Watching events as they actually unfolded in the medium of the time is one of the most powerful ways to understand and analyze history, and the History in Video Channel offers the most comprehensive source for in-copyright historical video available anywhere.

Human Rights Studies Online

Human Rights Studies Online

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Human Rights Studies Online is a learning database that allows for a comprehensive, comparative understanding of human rights transgressions worldwide. The collection is growing to include 75,000 pages of text and 150 hours of video that give voice to the countless victims of human rights crimes both past and present.

Meet the Press

Meet the Press

Since its television premiere in 1947, Meet the Press has cemented its position as an institution in broadcast journalism. For the first time ever, network TV’s longest running program—with its thousands of interviews, panels, and debates—is available via streaming online video.

The American Civil War Online - Package

The American Civil War Online

The American Civil War Online is a comprehensive package that unites several celebrated resources focused on one of the most-studied topics in American history. Materials in the Civil War package include authentic letters and diaries, photographs, posters, officer profiles, regimental rosters, and more, ideal for providing students and scholars with a 360-degree view of this critical time period.

The American Civil War Research Database

The American Civil War Research Database

The American Civil War Research Database is the definitive online resource for researching individuals, regiments, and battles of the American Civil War. It delivers indexed, searchable information on 4.3 million soldiers and thousands of battles in the form of photographs, regimental rosters, regimental chronicles, officer profiles, and more.

The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries

The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries

The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries knits together more than 400 sources of diaries, letters, and memoirs to provide access to thousands of perspectives on almost every aspect of the Civil War. This extraordinary electronic collection includes 100,000 pages of rekeyed and indexed text, including 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscript material.

American History in Video

American History in Video

American History in Video features thousands of hours of streaming video content tracing all major events in United States history, from Columbus’ first voyage to US involvement in Afghanistan. Content ranges from exploratory documentaries and first-hand interviews to the newsreels that captured history as it was made.

Black Studies in Video

Black Studies in Video is a seminal video collection of archival footage, powerful interviews with leading figures in the Civil Rights Movement, and documentaries examining the black experience in the arts, politics, public, and private life. The collection's diverse films include the SNCC Legacy Video Collection and other exclusive content from California Newsreel.

Black Thought and Culture

Black Thought and Culture

Black Thought and Culture is a landmark electronic collection of non-fiction writings by major American black leaders covering nearly three centuries of history. It showcases the writings of teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, war veterans, entertainers, and other figures. In addition to the most familiar works, the collection shares previously inaccessible material, including letters, speeches, prefatory essays, political leaflets, interviews, periodicals, and trial transcripts.

British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries

British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries

British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries spans more than 400 years of personal writings, bringing together the voices of women from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. The database lets researchers view history in the context of women’s thoughts and gain unparalleled insight into their struggles, achievements, passions, pursuits, and desires.

Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment

Early Encounters in North America

Early Encounters in North America documents the relationships among peoples in North America from 1534 to 1850. The collection focuses on personal accounts and provides unique perspectives from traders, slaves, missionaries, explorers, soldiers, native peoples, and officials, both men and women.

Early Experiences in Australasia: Primary Sources and Personal Narratives 1788-1901

Early Experiences in Australasia: Primary Sources and Personal Narratives 1788-1

Through first-person accounts, including letters and diaries, narratives, and other primary source materials, this collection provides a unique and personal view of events in the region from the arrival of the first settlers through to Australian Federation at the close of the 19th century.

The Gilded Age

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Immigration and migration, racism and civil rights, labor and industry, women and universal suffrage, American Indians, and the environment are just a few of the issues that came to the fore during the Gilded Age. With this collection, Alexander Street Press brings together more than 53,000 pages texts, songs, letters, photographs, cartoons, government documents, and ephemera.

Harper's Weekly: 1857-1912

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The Harper's Weekly collection gathers the definitive newspaper of record for the latter part of the 19th and early 20th century into a convenient online resource. The carefully indexed and rekeyed database provides a convenient, user-friendly way to access the full content of this quintessential historical publication.

Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines

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Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines contains 65,000 pages drawn from 49 periodicals, including 15 campaign newspapers, most of them illustrated. Originally printed in 16 different cities, these rare, disparate, and hard-to-find publications are available for the first time in one convenient cross-searchable database.

Images of America: A History of American Life in Images and Texts

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The result of a partnership with Arcadia Publishing, this powerfully searchable collection tells the story of the places and people that have shaped America. It includes one million printable historical images and explanatory text, covering thousands of towns and cultural groups in all 50 states.

Images of the American Civil War

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Images of the American Civil War assembles more than than 50,000 photographs, prints, and other visual materials that illustrate the experience of Americans in a time of national crisis. Items offer a vivid look at American popular culture in the 1850s and 1860s and shares diverse perspectives on national heroes, evolving definitions of patriotism, forms of education and entertainment, and more.

LGBT Studies in Video

LGBT Studies in Video

LGBT Studies in Video is a cinematic survey of the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and the political evolution of the LGBT community. This first-of-its-kind collection features award-winning documentaries, interviews, archival footage, and select feature films that explore LGBT history, culture, and important contemporary issues.

LGBT Thought and Culture

LGBT Thought and Culture

LGBT Thought and Culture brings together material previously buried or available only in disparate places to create a holistic picture of the gay rights movement as it traveled from the fringes of society to the mainstream. Content includes archival material from local and national organizations alongside personal papers of key leaders in the movement.

Manuscript Women's Letters and Diaries from the American Antiquarian Society

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Manuscript Women's Letters and Diaries from the American Antiquarian Society brings together 200 years of original manuscripts, fully digitized and searchable online for the first time ever. The materials provide insight into the daily lives of their authors, the attitudes and culture of the time period, and more, and provide an ideal lens through which to study women’s history.

The March of Time®

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For the first time, the full run of the groundbreaking newsreel series The March of Time® is available in online streaming video in a single, cross-searchable collection. Aired in theaters and on TV from 1935 to 1967, Time Inc.’s controversial news series blends journalism with docudrama to examine the most pressing topics of the mid-20th century, from the New Deal to the Cold War.

North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories

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North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories presents the personal experiences of immigrants and provides insights into labor history, women's and ethnic studies, and a wide range of related disciplines. This text-based collection brings together 100,000 pages of material, including Ellis Island oral histories, scrapbooks, pamphlets, previously unpublished diaries, and more.

North American Indian Thought and Culture

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North American Indian Thought and Culture contains more than 110,000 pages of text detailing the personal stories of North America’s first inhabitants. Many of their perspectives are previously unpublished, rare, or hard to find, and together they present a broad spectrum of Indian and Canadian First People’s experiences from their own point of view.

North American Women's Letters and Diaries

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North American Women’s Letters and Diaries is the largest electronic collection of women’s diaries and correspondence ever assembled. Spanning more than 300 years, it presents the personal experiences of hundreds of women writing from Colonial times to 1950, making approximately 150,000 pages of material available in electronic format for the first time.

Oral History Online

Oral History Online

Oral History Online is a text-based collection that shares the stories of history’s marginalized and disenfranchised. Artists, musicians, laborers, survivors, immigrants, and students are all included, making their previously unheard stories available to those studying the rich tapestry of world history.

The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives, 1960 to 1974

The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives

Featuring tens of thousands of historic documents and primary sources, The Sixties collection provides a vivid window into the key events, people, debates, and movements of 1960s America. The collection captures the artifacts, written and oral accounts, and historic documents of one of the most pivotal decades for US political and cultural life.

Social and Cultural History: Letters and Diaries Online - Package

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Social and Cultural History: Letters and Diaries Online allows readers to experience the past viscerally through personal and private writings presented as searchable full-text documents, audio files, images, and online videos. It includes the full content of Alexander Street’s collections of works written by lesser-studied groups, including black writers, North American immigrants, Civil War participants, women in North America, Ireland, and Britain, and more.

Twentieth Century Advice Literature

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Twentieth Century Advice Literature explores the rapid changes in nearly every aspect of American life during the 20th century. Conduct, behavioral, advice, and etiquette literature reveal how society grappled with changing gender roles and relations, views of democratic citizenship, character development for children, class relations, and adjustments to new technology.

Twentieth Century Religious Thought Volume I: Christianity

Twentieth Century Religious Thought Volume I: Christianity

The inaugural collection of this multi-volume religious series shares diverse perspectives on Christianity. It gathers the seminal works and archival materials related to key worldwide religious thinkers from the early 1900s until the turn of the 21st century and incorporates voices from previously marginalized groups, including key feminist scholars.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600 to 2000

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Women and Social Movements in the United States is designed to facilitate the study all aspects of women’s history in America from colonial times to the present. It brings together primary documents, books, images, scholarly essays, book reviews, and teaching tools to offer a rich view of US history as seen through women's eyes.

Women and Social Movements, International

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Women and Social Movements, International uses writings of women activists to trace the history of women’s social activism across the globe. Through personal letters and diaries, and the conference proceedings at which pivotal decisions were made, this online collection illuminates women’s influence on the course of history.

World History in Video

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World History in Video provides a rich survey of human history from the earliest civilizations to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Global in scope, this online collection features documentaries from a rich variety of filmmakers and partners that capture the sights, artifacts, and histories of nearly every country across all seven continents.

World Newsreels Online, 1929–1966

World Newsreels Online, 1929–1966

In December of 1941, cinema audiences around the world—from New York to Tokyo, Amsterdam to Paris—waited expectantly for news of Pearl Harbor. World Newsreels Online lets today’s students and historians see what those audiences saw and more, by delivering more than 500 hours of newsreel content instantly to any computer or mobile device.