Useful Citation Indexes and other Databases

American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library Provides information on, and access to, the digitized version of the Library's primary-source collections on American history and culture, including photographs, documents, sound recordings, and motion pictures.

Making of America: the Cornell University Library MOA collection Cornell-built, digital library of primary sources in American history from the antebellum period through reconstruction, now in the HathiTrust Digital Library. The journals digitized are exceptionally rich in images. A good strategy is to construct text searches to find captions for images. Although MOA is full of illustrations, searching for them is not easy. Some illustrations are accompanied by text such as a caption or the name of an artist and a search for such text should yield good results.

A couple of suggestions for finding illustrations: try searching by words that may appear in the body of the article that includes the illustration of interest. Try using a source such as a periodical index or the footnotes and bibliography of other sources to identify the specific issue which includes the illustration of interest.

HarpWeek (1857-1912; contains browsable full text of Harper's Weekly, but not necessarily all images). Entire original Harper's Weekly available in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections in Kroch Library. Request in advance with specific volume and issue number. Harper's Monthly available via the Making of America collection in HathiTrust, above.


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Political Americana

Image: pro-suffrage bag with slogan, "Votes for Women" from the Cornell Political Campaign Memorabilia Collection

Don't neglect one of Cornell's most interesting political collections:

The Cornell University Collection of Political Campaign Memorabilia (Also on Flickr)

  • Includes over 2,000 images of ballots, bric-a-brac, broadsides, buttons, cartoons, maps and charts, pamphlets, parade items, posters, prints, ribbons, sheet music, songbooks, textiles, trinkets, and garments that document American presidential campaigns since George Washington's.
  • A number of items are featured in an online exhibition: Get Out the Vote! Campaigning for the U. S. Presidency.
  • Original material is housed in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections in the Carl A. Kroch Library.

Politics on TV

John F Kennedy on TV

The Living Room Candidate (Museum of the Moving Image)- American presidential campaign commercials from 1952-2004, search by year, political issue, presidential candidate, and more. View commercials via streaming media (available through Real Player or Windows Media)

Also be sure to check YouTube for film footage of political events and historical campaign advertising.