Skip to main content

American history to 1900

Major resources

Evans Digital Edition
Digital library of works published in America in the 17th and 18th centuries. Materials include fiction and non-fiction covering every aspect of American life in the period. Replaces the microfilm collection, Early American Imprints, Microfiche 802.

Shaw-Shoemaker Digital Edition
Digital library of works published in America in the early 19th century. Materials include fiction and non-fiction covering every aspect of American life in the period.

American History & Culture Online
Digital library of works written or published in the United States, as well as items printed elsewhere, that document the history of the Americas from 1492 to the mid-1800s. Based on Sabin's Bibliotheca Americana.

America's Historical Newspapers
Provides searchable full-text of newspapers more than 1,000 U.S. historical newspapers including titles from all 50 states. Includes newspapers from the collections of the American Antiquarian Society, the Library of Congress, the Wisconsin Historical Society and others, including the microfilm collection based on Brigham's "History and Bibliography of American Newspapers." Note that this digital edition replaces Early American Newspapers, Microfilm S00973.

Nineteenth Century U. S. Newspaper Digital Archive
Digital archive of U.S. newspapers from the 19th century.

American Broadsides and Ephemera
Digital edition of broadsides printed between 1820 and 1900 and ephemera printed between 1760 and 1900. From the collections of the American Antiquarian Society.

American Pamphlets Series I 1820-1922: From the New York Historical Society
Digital edition of pamphlets from the collections of the New-York Historical Society. Includes more than 25,000 short works printed in every region of the United States between 1820 and 1922.

American Periodicals (1740-early 20th century.)
Full-text and page images of several hundred American periodicals of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection
Digital collection of American periodicals published between 1691 and 1877.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online
Provides partially searchable digital images of about 150,000 books, primarily British, printed in the eighteenth century. Based on the Eighteenth-Century Short-Title Catalogue.

Making of the Modern World Digital Archive
Digital edition of the Goldsmiths'-Kress collections of books on that document economic and business activity in the West, from the last half of the 15th century to the mid-19th century. Materials include books, pamphlets and ephemera and cover a broad range of topics in political science, history, sociology, and banking, finance, transportation and manufacturing. Replaces Goldsmiths'-Kress collection, Microfilm S00656

Online access to material from the National Archives documenting a wide range of topics in American history. Also includes genealogical material and a collection of small town newspapers. Formerly known as

British Records on the Atlantic World British Online Archives "This series brings together a wealth of collections spanning two centuries of Britain's colonisation, commercial, missionary and even literary relations with Africa and the Americas." Reproduces in part microfilm from the series British Records Relating to America in Microform (BRRAM), including some collections listed elsewhere on these guides.

Related guides

Other guides that cover American history before 1900:

Librarian for (United States) History & African American Studies

Steven Knowlton