Subscription Databases

The compelling and comprehensive 19th Century U.S. Newspapers provides access to approximately 1.7 million pages of primary source newspaper content from the 19th century, featuring full-text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S.

Accessible Archives was founded in 1990 with the goal of utilizing computer technology to make available vast quantities of archived historical information, previously furnished only on microfilm. Highlights include thePennsylvania Gazette, South Carolina and Virginia Newspapers, the Liberator, African American Newspapers, and an extensive Civil War collection.

African American Poetry contains nearly 3,000 poems by African American poets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It provides a comprehensive survey of the early history of African American poetry, from the earliest published African American poems to the works of Paul Laurence Dunbar, the first African American poet to achieve national success and recognition. It includes work by Jupiter Hammon, Phillis Wheatley, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper.

This growing collection of fully searchable historical American and Hispanic American newspapers is the most extensive resource of its kind. Features nearly 2,000 titles from all 50 states. See the product page for more information.

This collection searches a unique set of primary sources from African Americans actively involved in the movement to end slavery in the United States between 1830 and 1865. The content includes letters, speeches, editorials, articles, sermons, and essays from libraries and archives in England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and the United States. Over 15,000 items written by nearly 300 Black men and women are available for searching.


This gateway provides scholars with remote access to entire primary sources for the purpose of academic study and research across many disciplines. Includes: minutes of political parties; reports of national institutions; official government publications; commercial archives relating to the Industrial Revolution, the slave trade or colonisation; the papers of individuals prominent in the history of Britain and its Empire during the modern era; the Communist Party of Great Britain; missionary, naval and other records relating to Africa, Asia and the Americas.

British Periodicals provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth. Includes the complete run of the Anti-Slavery Reporter, in its various incarnations, from 1825 to 1931.

This release contains 2,009 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of diaries, letters and memoirs. Particular care has been taken to index this material so it can be searched more thoroughly than ever. Each source has been carefully chosen using leading bibliographies. The product includes 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts such as the letters of Amos Wood and his wife and the diary of Maryland Planter William Claytor.

Colonial State Papers provides access to thousands of papers concerning English activities in the American, Canadian, and West Indian colonies between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Also included is a digitised version of The Calendar of State Papers, Colonial: North America and the West Indies 1574-1739, which contains bibliographic records and extracts for thousands of additional documents.

Fold3 (formerly provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Collection highlights include the papers of the American Colonization Society, the Amistad federal court records, the Mathew Brady Civil War Photos, the documents of the Southern Claims Commission, Slave Court Records for the District of Columbia, the Registro Central de Esclavos for Puerto Rico, and Slavery and Emancipation in the Danish West Indies.

HCPP now includes over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present, with supplementary material back to 1688. HCPP delivers page images and searchable full text for each paper, along with detailed indexing. Information on the abolition of slavery and the slave trade is scattered throughout.

Full text of Congressional hearings (published and unpublished), bills and resolutions, Serial Set, reports, prints, documents, Congressional Record, legislative histories for enacted laws, and Congressional Research Service reports, from 1789 to the present. An especially fecund source for legislative debates over slavery. See also the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers™-the definitive digital archive-offers full-text and full-image articles for significant newspapers dating back to the 18th Century. Every issue of each title includes the complete paper-cover-to-cover, with full-page and article images in easily downloadable PDF format. See especially: ProQuest Civil War Era.

A historical archive that embraces the scholarly study of slavery in a comprehensive, conceptual and global way. Once completed, this digital collection will comprise five million pages of documents selected by a renowned board of scholars and organized in four parts. Part one contains 1.5 million pages, including more than 7,000 books and pamphlets, 80 newspaper and periodical titles, and a dozen major manuscript collections. Highlights include collections from Oberlin and Oxford, the American Missionary Association Archives, and the papers of Thomas Fowell Buxton, Lewis Tappan, and Salmon Chase.

Designed for both teaching and research, this resource brings together documents and collections from libraries and archives across the Atlantic world covering an extensive time period from 1490. Close attention has been given to the varieties of slavery, the legacy of slavery, the social justice perspective and the continued existence of slavery today.

This digital edition of the American Antiquarian Society’s extraordinary holdings of slavery and abolition materials delivers more than 3,500 works published over the course of more than 100 years. Long awaited in fully searchable form, The American Slavery Collection addresses every facet of American slavery—one of the most important and controversial topics in U.S. history.  These diverse materials, all filmed in full-resolution color, include books, pamphlets, graphic materials, and ephemera; among them are a large number of invaluable Southern imprints.

The Wilbur H. Siebert Collection contains correspondence, notes, manuscripts, student papers, maps, and photographs related to the Underground Railroad. Research material includes the responses generated by his seven-question survey and copies and notes from a wide variety of sources: books; diaries; letters; photographs; newspaper articles; biographies and memoirs; state, county, and local histories; annual reports; trial records; U.S. and Canadian census reports; legislation; and Congressional speeches.