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Primary Sources in U.S. History

scholarly literature

If your research includes, for instance, intellectual history, then scholarly articles from the period under examination certainly constitute primary sources. These databases contain archived journals from multiple scholarly disciplines dating back to the 19th Century.

This database contains citations only, intended to lead you to full text if you find useful items. 

Popular periodicals from (mostly) 19th to 21st Centuries

Our ProQuest Historical Newspaper collection has the complete archive of 48 different newspapers. To see the list, click on the link to The New York Times below, click on Change Databases, and then scroll down to the collection.

Our collection in EBSCOhost contains several archives, including a series of periodical databases from The American Antiquarian Society, The New Republic, and The National Review. Click on the Nation Archive below, and then Choose Databases once in EBSCOhost.


  • Wikipedia provides a list of U.S. newspaper archives, many with links to free access online. 

  • The Library of Congress, through its Chronicling America project, provides a directory of newspapers published in the U.S. since 1690.

Popular periodicals from (mostly) pre-1800s