Primary Source Databases in US Literature and History

The Library provides networked access to many more full-text, primary source databases than can be listed here. Others may be located through the Library Catalog and Databases, which contains an alphabetical list of online resources related to Linguistics, Language and Literature. Also, see the Theater subject guide for information on Asian-American Drama, Black Drama, and North American Women's Drama.

Digital Book Archives

Early Imprints

For more information on pre-1800 primary sources, see the guide Locating Pre-1800 Imprints, British & American

Rare Books & Mss.

That book you're reading doesn't end with the last page. It may have a long and fascinating history. The Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) includes 400,000 printed volumes, more than 70 million manuscripts, and another million photographs, paintings, prints, and other visual media that may be a part of that history. Deepen your appreciation of the text and take your research to the next level -- find out what RMC has to offer.