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HIST 2220: From the New Deal to the Reagan Revolution (Spring 2017): Primary Sources

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Browse footnotes and bibliographies of books, encyclopedias, and articles for information about primary sources. 

Archives

Archives

Kroch Rare and Manuscript Collections
The Rare and Manuscript Division is located in an underground addition attached to Olin Library. It houses manuscripts from a variety of periods and several special collections.

Search an online library catalog to discover materials of interest.

Historical Statistics

Historical Statistics

 

Historical Statistics of the United States

Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970(Olin Reference HA 202 A385 1976 +) Now online as pdfs: Volume 1, and Volume 2.

Statistical Abstract of the United States. Standard annual summary of statistics on the social, political and economic organization of the United States. A fabulous statistical reference and guide to other statistical publications and sources.

Official Documents

Official Primary Sources

U.S. Congressional serial set (Online) 1817-1980 Full text of all the reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

ProQuest Congressional  Indexes information produced by or pertaining to the United States Congress from 1789 to the present. Provides full text for many titles, generally from the early 1990’s to the present. Includes bills, laws, legislative histories, committee prints, House and Senate documents and reports, the Congressional Record, Code of Federal Regulations, and Federal Register. Includes full text of Congressional Research Service reports, 1916-present; full text of Congressional hearings, 1824-2003; full text of Committee Prints, 1830-2003; and full text of the Serial Set Collection with Maps, 1789-1969. For a complete description of contents, coverage, and update frequency, consult the online Help section.

Technically not the primary sources themselves, however  CQ Electronic Library  can help lead you to Congressional primary sources.


The American Presidency Project   Lots of full text sources for many presidents.

 

More:

A Guide to American Government and Politics

Historical Newspapers

Primary Source Newspaper Articles
 

ProQuest historical newspapers. The New York Times (1851-2003), the Wall Street Journal (1889-1989), the Washington Post (1877-1990), every page from every issue in PDF files.

Lexis Nexis Academic US news as of 1980. Includes The Hotline - a National Journal publication and a great Washington insider publication. The archive is available in LexisNexis Academic in the "Newswires & press releases" section of the News category

AltPress Index Indexes journals covering cultural, economic, political, and social change. Coverage is international and interdisciplinary, with citations drawn from alternative, radical, and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines.

Ethnic NewsWatch Full-text newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press

 

More American Historical Newspapers Online...

Historical Magazines & Periodicals

Primary Source Magazine (Periodical) Articles

Readers' guide retrospective Popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States 1890 through 1982. Does not include full text. Use "Get it Cornell" links to find the periodical.

AltPress Index Indexes journals covering cultural, economic, political, and social change. Coverage is international and interdisciplinary, with citations drawn from alternative, radical, and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines.

Black Studies Center Both older materials (primary sources) and more current secondary articles.

SocIndex with Full Text Indexes articles back to the 1895 (primary sources) as well as the current scholarly literature for sociology.

 

 

Online Collections

Additional Primary Source Online Collections

 

The Sixties: primary documents and personal narratives 1960-1974. Diaries, letters, autobiographies and other memoirs, written and oral histories, manifestos, government documents, memorabilia, and scholarly commentary on the arts, music, and leisure, civil rights, counter-culture, law and government, mass media, new left and emerging neo-conservative movement, student activism, Vietnam War, women’s movement, etc.