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Passing(s) in American History

Portals to Primary Sources


Don't know where to start? Try one of the following database portals. They allow researchers to search  across multiple databases produced by the same publisher.

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Digitized newspapers

  • America's Historical Newspapers Large online collection of historic American newspapers. Part of the Archive of Americana, a collection of various newspaper databases, by Readex.
  • African American Newspapers Online collection of the most extensive African American newspaper archives in the United States—those of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Kansas State Historical Society and the Library of Congress. Also part of the Archive of Americana by Readex.
  • Accessible Archives Digital collections of important 19th century African American and Civil War newspapers.
  • Chronicling America Website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages.
  • Nineteenth Century US Newspapers Digital collection of 19th century newspapers from a broad range of urban and rural regions.
  • Google News Archive Digitized newspapers crawled from miscellaneous web sources.
  • Proquest Historical Online database of major 19th and 20th century US newspapers (NYT, AJC, etc.)
  • Proquest Civil War Era Online collection of newspapers and pamphlets covering the American Civil War from 1840-1865.


Digital Manuscript Collections, Oral Histories, etc.