History

 

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

Databases

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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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    em>American Indian Correspondence is a collection of almost 14,000 letters written by those who served as Presbyterian missionaries to the American Indians during the years from 1833 to 1893.

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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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    The Civil War in Words and Deeds offers regimental histories and personal narratives which constitute a source of great historical value. These first-person accounts, compiled in the postwar period and early 20th Century period, chronicle the highs and lows of army life from 1861 through 1865.

    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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    The Moving Picture World was a film trade publication which began on March 9, 1907, and appeared weekly until January 7, 1928. It set a standard for the broadest possible coverage, reviewed current releases and published news, features, and interviews relating to all aspects of the industry.

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World history

Databases

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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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    Explore an extensive range of archival material connected to the trading and cultural relationships that emerged between China, America and the Pacific region between the 18th and early 20th centuries. Manuscript sources, rare printed texts, visual images, objects and maps document this fascinating history.

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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

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    As a collection and archive of writing representative of British Romantic and early Victorian writing and of Continental Romanticism, the Corvey Collection is unmatched. The Corvey Collection is especially strong in prose fiction, including Gothic and romance fiction issued by influential popular publishers like the Minerva Press (London).

    This is a part of the Nineteenth Century Collections Online. Access to this resource is made possible by the Kauffman Fund.

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    The First World War portal showcases a wealth of primary source material for the study of the Great War, complemented by a range of contextual secondary features.

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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.

  • The Kauffman Collection is intended to enhance the Library’s collections with digital resources of high quality, both in content and construction. Principally falling within the humanities, the works embody classical ideas and ideals, or have made significant contributions to other eras. This collection also includes supporting materials that assess, critique, and examine the chosen works, to assist in advanced appreciation of the literature.

    The Kauffman Collection is made possible by the Kauffman Fund.

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    The Mapping the World: Maps and Travel Literature archive includes a myriad of maps representing the long nineteenth century and an extensive collection of European travel accounts which provide a sweeping glance of the travel narrative genre.

    This is a part of the Nineteenth Century Collections Online. Access to this resource is made possible by the Kauffman Fund.

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    Nineteenth Century Collections Online focuses on primary source collections of the long nineteenth century. These collections include:

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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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    Slavery & Anti-Slavery presents historical documents from several research collections on the transatlantic slave trade, the legal, personal, and economic aspects of the slavery system, and the dynamics of emancipation in the U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean, and other regions.

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    The First World War portal showcases a wealth of primary source material for the study of the Great War, complemented by a range of contextual secondary features.

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African American history

Databases

  • 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.

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    Slavery & Anti-Slavery presents historical documents from several research collections on the transatlantic slave trade, the legal, personal, and economic aspects of the slavery system, and the dynamics of emancipation in the U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean, and other regions.

    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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    em>American Indian Correspondence is a collection of almost 14,000 letters written by those who served as Presbyterian missionaries to the American Indians during the years from 1833 to 1893.

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

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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

Databases

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    The Civil War in Words and Deeds offers regimental histories and personal narratives which constitute a source of great historical value. These first-person accounts, compiled in the postwar period and early 20th Century period, chronicle the highs and lows of army life from 1861 through 1865.

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

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    The First World War portal showcases a wealth of primary source material for the study of the Great War, complemented by a range of contextual secondary features.

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

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    The First World War portal showcases a wealth of primary source material for the study of the Great War, complemented by a range of contextual secondary features.

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

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