History

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Local history | U.S. history | World history | African American history | Ancient history | Hispanic/Latino history | Jewish history | Native American history | Archaeology | Wars, terrorism & conflicts

Local history

For resources and guides on local history, visit the Local History section of the Missouri Valley Special Collections pages.

United States history

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    American History in Video provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.

    Access to this resource is made possible by the Kauffman Fund.

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    In the story of the American West, tales of frontier life, of Native Americans and of vigilantes and outlaws are of constant interest, and are matched by more recent interest in the growth of urban centres, the environmental impact of westward expansion and of life in the borderlands. The Graff Collection, from the Newberry Library in Chicago, is a unique resource which will allow scholars to explore all of these areas and more. Through a mixture of original manuscripts, maps, ephemeral material and rare printed sources, this collection will act as a dynamic teaching and research resource.

    Access to this resource is made possible by the Kauffman Fund.

  • Discover the Civil War's legacy in the Greater Kansas City region. Search our collection of primary source materials from our from partner organizations, read exclusive analysis from contributing scholars, and explore interactive features to see relationships between events and historic artifacts.

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    Includes thousands of overview essays, critical analyses, biographies, primary sources, creative works and multimedia elements in five core subject areas: history, literature, biography, science and social studies.

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    Read articles from newspapers, magazines, journals and trade publications.

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World history

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    Find high-quality, scholarly articles about academic subjects. This site contains full text articles for more than 2,100 journals and over 1,700 peer-reviewed, full-text journals.

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    Includes thousands of overview essays, critical analyses, biographies, primary sources, creative works and multimedia elements in five core subject areas: history, literature, biography, science and social studies.

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    • Over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes)
    • Includes books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides and more
    • Based on the English Short Title Catalogue
    • Works published in the UK during the 18th century plus thousands from elsewhere

    Access to this resource is made possible by the Kauffman Fund.

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    The latest edition of the most authoritative collection of statistics available. Updated to 2010 wherever possible, it provides key economic and social indicators for the last 260 years.

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    Content and commentary commissioned by Editor in Chief, John L. Esposito, and developed by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture.

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    Read articles from newspapers, magazines, journals and trade publications.

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African American history

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  • Black Thought and Culture contains over 1,000 sources with over 1,000 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamphlets, letters and other fugitive material.

    Access to this resource is made possible by the Kauffman Fund.

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Ancient history

Databases

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    Read articles from newspapers, magazines, journals and trade publications.

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Hispanic/Latino history

Databases

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    Read articles from newspapers, magazines, journals and trade publications.

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Jewish history

Databases

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    Read articles from newspapers, magazines, journals and trade publications.

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Native American history

Databases

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    Spanning four centuries and covering North and Central America, American Indian Histories and Cultures presents unique materials from one of the finest archival collections on American Indian history and culture available – the Edward E. Ayer Collection at the Newberry Library in Chicago. From early contacts between European settlers and American Indians and the subsequent political, social and cultural effects of those encounters on American Indian life, these materials tell both the historical and the personal stories of the colonization of the Americas.

    Access to this resource is made possible by the Kauffman Fund.

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    In the story of the American West, tales of frontier life, of Native Americans and of vigilantes and outlaws are of constant interest, and are matched by more recent interest in the growth of urban centres, the environmental impact of westward expansion and of life in the borderlands. The Graff Collection, from the Newberry Library in Chicago, is a unique resource which will allow scholars to explore all of these areas and more. Through a mixture of original manuscripts, maps, ephemeral material and rare printed sources, this collection will act as a dynamic teaching and research resource.

    Access to this resource is made possible by the Kauffman Fund.

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    Read articles from newspapers, magazines, journals and trade publications.

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Archaeology

Databases

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    Search the contents of National Geographic and all publications of the National Geographic Society, all the way back to 1888.

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    Read articles from newspapers, magazines, journals and trade publications.

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Wars, terrorism & conflicts

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