The newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media. The present digital collection, that helps chart the development of the concept of 'news' and 'newspapers' and the "free press", totals almost 1 million pages and contains approximately 1,270 titles. Many of the Burney newspapers are well known, but many pamphlets and broadsides also included have remained largely hidden. These treasures can now be searched, browsed and discovered again within Gale Digital Collections.
The 19th Century British Newspapers collection contains full runs of 48 newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent nineteenth century Britain. This new collection includes national and regional newspapers, as well as those from both established country or university towns and the new industrial powerhouses of the manufacturing Midlands, as well as Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Special attention was paid to include newspapers that helped lead particular political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule. The penny papers aimed at the working and clerical classes are also present in the collection.
This archive will enable students and scholars to examine a selection of records that constitute a political and social history of Western interaction with a number of Asian countries during the nineteenth century. Most of the manuscript collections in this archive consist of the British Foreign Office and United States consular and diplomatic records. These records were generally maintained in the local consular or diplomatic posts and reflect the day-to-day accounting of the activities of the indigenous populations and their national governments, the expansion of trade, and the exercise of extraterritorial rights and treaty provisions. In addition, a selection of missionary correspondence and journals has been included, as missionaries usually provided some of the earliest contact in various Asian locales with Western ideals.
Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies, History, Political Science, Sociology
Children's Literature and Childhood provides a wide range of primary sources related to the experience of childhood in the long nineteenth century. Included in the archive are books and periodicals for children, primers and other material related to education, pamphlets produced by child welfare groups, documents and photos related to children and crime, newspapers produced by youths, and much more. Curated by experts in the field of children's literature, this unique assemblage of material is sourced from such renowned institutions as the University of Florida's Baldwin Library Collection of Historical Children's Literature, the National Archives (UK), and the British Library, among others.
Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies, History, Sociology, Children's Literature
Issues of gender and class ignited nineteenth-century debate in the context of suffrage movements, culture, immigration, health and many other concerns. Using a wide array of primary source documents—serials, books, manuscripts, diaries, reports, and visuals—Women: Transnational Networks focuses on issues at the intersection of gender and class from the late-eighteenth century to the era of suffrage in the early-twentieth century, all through a transnational perspective. The collection contains deep information on European and North American movements, but also expands its scope to include collections from other regions.
Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies, History, Sociology, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
As compelling as it is comprehensive, 19th Century U.S. Newspapers provides access to primary source newspaper content from the 19th century, featuring full-text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S. The collection encompasses the entire 19th century, with an emphasis on such topics as the American Civil War, African-American culture and history, Western migration and Antebellum-era life, among other subjects.
This collection of historical African newspapers from the Readex World Newspaper Archive provides coverage of the people, cultures, issues and events that shaped the continent. Topics related to the first world war, Zulu Wars, settler colonialism and the rejection of Western imperialism are themes covered.
Newspaper text is in English, Sotho, German, Portuguese, Xhosa, and more.
African American Studies, Anthropology, Business, History, International Affairs, Political Science, Sociology
Spanning four centuries and covering North and Central America, this digital resource provides access to material from the Newberry Library’s extensive Edward E. Ayer Collection; one of the strongest archival collections on American Indian history in the world. Explore manuscripts, artwork and rare printed books dating from the earliest contact with European settlers right up to photographs and newspapers from the mid-twentieth century or browse through a wide range of rare and original documents from treaties, speeches and diaries, to historic maps and travel journals.
Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies, Political Science, Special Collections, Anthropology, History
Digitized images of the pages of 1000 American magazines and journals published between 1741 and 1940. Titles include Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine, the first American professional journals, and several consumer magazines still in publication, such as Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, and Ladies' Home Journal. The search interface allows you to search the complete text, including tables of contents. Articles are downloadable in PDF format. Updated daily.
ARTstor is a digital library of nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, photography, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images. See system requirements for optimal use.
Proquest Historical Newspapers: Atlanta Constitution (1868-1984). The historical Atlanta Constitution collection offers both full page and article digital images in PDF format with searchable full text.
Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century: Organizational Records and Personal Papers, Part 1. The Organizational Records and Personal Papers bring a new perspective to the Black Freedom Struggle via the records of major civil rights organizations and personal papers of leaders and observers of the 20th century Black freedom struggle. The three major civil rights organizations are the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, and the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs. Papers of civil rights leaders included in this module are those of the civil rights and labor leader A. Philip Randolph; the long-time civil rights activist and organizer of the March on Washington, Bayard Rustin, and the papers of the pioneering educator Mary McLeod Bethune.
5100 digitized photographs from the Northeastern Library's Archives and Special Collections. The photographs date from about 1915-2000, with the bulk of the material dating from 1940-1995, mostly in black and white.
They photographs individuals who have directed, organized, advised, and staffed the BGCB, including Executive Directors Arthur T. Burger (1935-1960) and William Lynch (1960-1967). They also provide information about awards given by the clubhouses for achievement in sports, games, and academics, and detail clubhouse sponsored contests in which members participated. They document the facilities of the BGCB, specifically Charlestown, Roxbury, and South Boston, as well as buildings within the Boston communities. Photographs concerning promotional campaigns, such as images from window exhibits, billboards, and MBTA stations are represented. Also documented are BGCB fund raisers, many of which involved celebrities, including Roger Clemens, Senator Ted Kennedy, Jackie Robinson, and Ted Williams.
The images provide a glimpse into the clubhouses and the activities in which the children were involved. The largest group of photographs falls under the category of program and events, including many types of educational programs including tutoring programs, classes, and workshops. Highlights include images from the Bunker Hillbillies and the Tom Pappas Chefs Club. Photographs of events held by the clubs, such as their 100th Anniversary in 1993 and the annual road race in Charlestown are also included here.
Historical and current access to the Boston Globe. Includes variations on the title: Daily Boston Globe and Boston Daily Globe. Historic content (1872-1979) includes a PDF view of the newspaper including illustrations, charts, and advertisements. After 1980, only text is available.
The documents, images, and posters in this digital collection were selected from the Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción records and the La Alianza Hispana records held in the Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections Department. These records available in this online collection document public policy formation, community relations, affordable housing, urban planning and housing rehabilitation, cultural and educational programming, violence prevention, and minority rights in Boston during the last decades of the 20th century.
Formerly called 19th Century British Newspapers, the British Library Newspapers collection contains full runs of 48 newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent nineteenth century Britain. This new collection includes national and regional newspapers, as well as those from both established country or university towns and the new industrial powerhouses of the manufacturing Midlands, as well as Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Special attention was paid to include newspapers that helped lead particular political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule. The penny papers aimed at the working and clerical classes are also present in the collection.
The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) collects and makes available important and rare collections of primary source materials, as well as thousands of foreign dissertations, historical journals, and newspapers from around the world.
The collections are so varied as to include an unpublished manuscript music collection from Oxford, the vast engineering library of Linda Hall, and rare monograph and pamphlet area collections from various regions of the world. For example, the Sutro Library Mexican collection includes over 3,000 titles from the 1500-1900 time period, covering cultural, economic, political, religious, and social themes in Mexican history.
These collections are made available in print, in microfilm, and, in many cases, online. Faculty, students, and staff are eligible to borrow resources through an extended delivery system or, when available, through electronic delivery or online. See our Subject Guide to the Center for Research Libraries for more information.
Gain insight into Chinese political and social life during the turbulent 120 year period from 1832 to 1953 with 12 English-language Chinese historical newspapers. Included are critical perspectives on the ending of more than 2,000 years of imperial rule in China, the Taiping Rebellion, the Opium Wars with Great Britain, the Boxer Rebellion and the events leading up to the 1911 Xinhai Revolution, and the subsequent founding of the Republic of China. In addition to the article content, the full-image newspapers offer searchable access to advertisements, editorials, cartoons, and classified ads that illuminate history.
This online collection from the UK National Archives, currently being digitized, covers the CO5 documents from the period 1606-1822. This is original correspondence between the governers of British colonies in North America and the Caribbean, and their responsible departments in Britain. Among the correspondence are diaries, maps, broadsides, laws, public notices, newspaper clippings, and more.
Images of the original documents plus searchable full text are included. They may be searched by date, name, theme, region and more.
Colonial America is a 5-module resource being released over a 5-year period. Northeastern currently has access to modules 1 and 2.
An independent organization founded by journalists and scholars, the National Security Archive promotes open government by acting as a clearinghouse for declassified information.
The Digital National Security Archive consists of declassified government documents, chronologies, images, bibliographies, and explanatory essays on topics related to national security. There are 42 collections consisting of over 100,00 objects. Each of these collections covers critical world events, countries, and U.S. foreign policy from post-World War II to the present. Primary source information is of value to researchers in international relations.
Information in the DNSA subscription database is updated by materials on the National Security Archive website at www.nsarchive.org, which includes the latest FOIA released documents, and documents released pursuant to lawsuits. Also, some subjects like Able Archer 83, the Torture Archive, the Genocide Documentation Project and Cyber Vault are stand-alone projects that are only available on the website.
Overall, the DNSA subscription resource is more comprehensive with 1.000 to 3,000 documents on a subject and each set has a chronology, bibliography, and glossary, as well as an Essay and Sources section. Updated sets are produced periodically, either with newly-released material on an existing topic or with new collections on new topics. In all cases, we suggest searching both the subscription database and the website for a complete record.
The DPLA is a united collection of primary source information digitized from America’s libraries, archives, and museums, from the written word to works of art and culture, to records of the heritage of the United States, to the efforts and data of science. Strengths include photographs and documents of American culture and history.
Ways to search and scan through the collection of millions of items include by timeline, map, virtual bookshelf, format, and topic. Freely available.
The purpose of the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA) is to increase the accessibility of transgender history by providing an online hub for digitized historical materials, born-digital materials, and information on archival holdings throughout the world. Based in Boston, Massachusetts at Northeastern University, the DTA is an international collaboration among more than sixty colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, public libraries, and private collections. By digitally localizing a wide range of trans-related materials, the DTA expands access to trans history for academics and independent researchers alike in order to foster education and dialog concerning trans history.
This digital collection contains a multitude of books, pamphlets and broadsides published in America over a 160-year period. Providing complete digital editions of nearly 38,000 printed works, Series I covers subjects ranging from history, literature and culture to politics, government and society.
Note: Northeastern has Series 1 only.
History, Journalism, Political Science, Sociology, Communications Studies
Early American newspapers, often printed by small-town printers, documented the daily life of hundreds of diverse American communities, supported different political parties and recorded both majority and minority views.
Early American Newspapers, Series 1, 1690-1876 offers 340,000 fully searchable issues from over 730 American newspapers from from 23 states and the District of Columbia.
Focusing largely on the 18th and early 19th centuries, this online collection is based on Clarence S. Brigham’s “History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820” and other authoritative bibliographies.
The largest and most comprehensive online historical archive of its kind and an essential resource for advanced study of the eighteenth century, this collection contains every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom between the years 1701 and 1800. The works that were filmed for this collection come from a number of major institutions, including the British Library, the Bodleian (Oxford), Cambridge University, Harvard University, Library of Congress, the Huntington Library, University of Manchester and many more.
English & American Literature, Literature, History
Interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Designed to provide the "other side of the story," ENW titles offer additional viewpoints from those proffered by the mainstream press.
This collection makes available all British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan between 1919 and 1980. These formerly restricted British government documents, consisting of diplomatic dispatches, letters, newspaper cuttings, maps, reports of court cases, biographies of leading personalities, summaries of events and diverse other materials, provide unprecedented levels of detail into one of the most turbulent centuries of Chinese history.
Reprints full articles from women's studies magazines and newsletters (including some that are hard to find in print), as well as some scholarly journals. Some articles go back to the 1970's. You can browse a list of subjects or search by key words.
Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration & Cultural Exchange brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of global commodities in world history. The commodities featured in this resource have been transported, exchanged and consumed for hundreds of years; they helped transform societies, global trading operations, habits of consumption and social practices. These original sources will help scholars to explore the history of fifteen major commodities and to examine the ways that they have changed the world.
Current NU / not available to London New College of the Humanities affiliates
A partnership between libraries to digitize and share their print collections, the Hathi Trust Digital Library offers chiefly text materials, such as books, documents, and journals.
Northeastern University is a HathiTrust partner institution, and offers the ability to log in to Hathi Trust Digital Library to download full-PDFs of all public domain works, as well as works made available under Creative Commons licenses.
Always log in, whether you are on- or off-campus, for the best results.
Text mining of the entire database via API is also available.
Users with print disabilities who are registered with Northeastern's Disability Resource Center are able to access the full text of Northeastern print holdings that are also in Hathi Trust.
Please library_ask [at] neu.edu (subject: Hathi%20Trust%20Question) (contact us) for information about text mining and access for users with disabilities.
Rich collection important to a full understanding of Unites States history. Includes the Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003), Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988), Chicago Defender (1910-1975),Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005), New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993), and the Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002).
A selection of historical newspaper documents from ProQuest, including the Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003), Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988), Boston Globe (1872-1981), Chicago Defender (1910-1975), Chicago Tribune (1849-1988), Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005), New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993), New York Times (1851-2008), Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002), and Washington Post (1877-1999).
This resource is made available to the Northeastern University community with support from alumni donors. To learn how you can help secure continued access to this and other important resources, please contact email@example.com.
Current NU Only
The HistoryMakers, established in 1999, is a non-profit institution whose purpose is to record, preserve and disseminate the content of video oral history interviews highlighting the accomplishments of individual African Americans and African-American-led groups and movements. Its aim is to provide a unique scholarly and educational resource for exploring African American history and culture. It is unique among collections of African American heritage because of its large and varied scope, with interviewees from across the United States, from a variety of fields, and with memories stretching from the 1890s to the present.
These documents from the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization consist primarily of:
investigative reports by federal agents in the case files on individual aliens;
correspondence among agents and government officials involved in immigration issues;
documents by groups advocating or opposing alien exclusion laws and practices.
Topics include Asian Immigration and Exclusion 1898-1941, Mexican immigration 1906-1930, INS records from Ellis Island, and investigations into Prostitution and White Slavery 1902-1933.
185 oral history interviews conducted by the National Park Services in 1984-5 with people who immigrated through, or worked at, Ellis Island, during the period of mass migration to the United States are also included.
A multidisciplinary view into the study of Jewish civilization from its historical origins to the present. Content within the collection is meant to cover all facets of Judaism and multiple areas of study. Over 350 full-text titles including academic journals, abstracts of monographs, newspapers and periodicals, including complete Jewish Telegraphic Agency wire service articles from 1922 to the present.
Latin American Newspapers, Series 1—part of CRL's World Newspaper Archive—features 13 historical Latin American newspapers. Titles from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Venezuela offer unprecedented coverage of the people, issues, and events that shaped this vital region between 1805 and 1922.
Beginning on June 30, 2021, the Northeastern University Library will no longer be subscribing to the database Nexis Uni, transitioning instead to a pair of databases – Access World News and Westlaw Campus Research – that together provide even more news and law resources through much easier user interfaces.
London Times access *not including the Sunday edition* from 1785 to 1985. Also known as The Times Digital Archive, and published under the name Times of London. An invaluable source for primary historical research.
The Historical New York Times collection offers both full page and article digital images in PDF format with searchable full text back to the first issue. Magazine and classifieds included. Go to "Advanced Search"--> "Look up citation" to find a specific article by author, title, page, date and more.
Beginning on June 30, 2021, the Northeastern University Library will no longer be subscribing to the database Nexis Uni (formerly known as Lexis-Nexis).
Instead we recomend the following two resources that together provide even more news and law resources through much easier user interfaces.
Access World News (Newsbank) a file of current and archived news conte nt from around the world, including the Seattle Times, Miami Herald, La Monde (Paris), San Francisco Chronicle, Times of India and thousands more.
Westlaw Campus Research: primary and secondary legal sources including statutes, regulations, court cases, law reviews, and legal news.
Rich primary source database with over 150,000 pages of diaries and letters from 1,325 women. Keyword-searchable and with some pre-selected sub-collections of primary sources arranged around important historical events. Also includes author biographies and bibliographies for further research.
History, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, English & American Literature
A growing collection of images relating to the University from 1902 to the present. In the collection, you will find representations of academic programs, student life, faculty, the campus, athletics, and University events including commencement.
The precedessor of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Office of Strategic Services was established during the Second World War to provide intelligence services to the executive branch of the United States government.
The reports in this collection were prepared by scholars for the OSS and for the United States Department of State. Leading scholars wrote these special, classified reports about Asia, Europe, the Soviet Union, Latin America, and Africa. At the time, the reports helped to shape U.S. foreign policy decisions, and, provide an excellent source for studying the major areas of the World during the period from 1941 to 1961. (They are not in the State Department's foreign relations series or the armed forces' official histories.)
History, Political Science, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Middle East Studies, Strategic Intelligence and Analysis
Our Marathon is a crowd-sourced, digital archive of pictures, videos, stories, and social media related to the Boston Marathon bombing.
You may search, read, listen, and contribute to the site.
The mission of the site says: We believe that sharing stories from survivors, families, witnesses, visitors to the city, and everyone around the world touched by the event will speed the healing process. This is the place to share those images, emotions, and experiences to help us understand the bombing and its aftermath.
Proquest Historical Newspapers: Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001). The historical Philadelphia Tribune collection offers both full page and article digital images in PDF format with searchable full text.
PressReader provides online access to today's newspapers from over 100 countries around the world in over 60 languages in a full-color, full-page format. The ever-expanding collection currently includes over 5,000. Just like reading the familiar print edition, users can browse articles and other key content, such as pictures, advertisements, classifieds, and notices. Users have the ability to perform keyword searches across all titles and the entire archive.
PressReader provides advanced digital features such as interactive tables of content, foreign language translation in 17 different languages, cross title searching, sharing of articles through email or blog postings, bookmarks and text-to-voice conversion.
An essential, unique collection of American Jazz periodicals, of great importance to any lover of jazz and its history, and a primary source reference and research tool. This collection contains 105 full text American jazz journals published between 1914 and 2006. Significant journals include, among others, Cadence, Mississippi Rag, and Record Changer.
The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960–1974 brings the 1960s alive through diaries, letters, autobiographies and other memoirs, written and oral histories, manifestos, government documents, memorabilia, and scholarly commentary. With 150,000 pages of material at completion, this searchable collection is the definitive electronic resource for students and scholars researching this important period in American history, culture, and politics.
Direct access available to current NU Community. All others, register for free access. This HeinOnline collection brings together, for the first time, all known legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery.
This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. In addition to article content, the full-image newspapers offer searchable access to advertisements, editorials, cartoons, and classified ads that illuminate the period.
State Papers Online, 1509-1714 offers a completely new working environment to researchers, teachers and students of Early Modern Britain. Whether used for original research, for teaching, or for student project work, State Papers Online offers original historical materials across the widest range of government concern, from high level international politics and diplomacy to the charges against a steward for poisoning a dozen or more people. The correspondence, reports, memoranda, and parliamentary drafts from ambassadors, civil servants and provincial administrators present a full picture of Tudor and Stuart Britain.
Northeastern users have access to Parts I-IV.
Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies, Digital Humanities, Government, History, Political Science, Special Collections
The Times of India offers full page and article images with searchable full text. The collection includes The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce (1838-1859), The Bombay Times and Standard (1860-1861), and The Times of India (1861-2010).
A large collection of U.S. Federal Technical Reports issued prior to 1975, including historical government documents from the U.S. National Bureau of Standards, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, the U.S. Bureau of Mines, and more. Technical reports communicate research progress in technology and science, and often contain plans, surveys, or data that was the most up-to-date at the time. Provided through our Center for Research Libraries membership.
Important documents of the United States Congress including reports, journals (1817-1952), Senate executive documents, treaties (after 1978), committee reports, executive reports to congress, and more.
Courtesy of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.
Current NU Only
Access to over 4,000 historical (primary) documents, articles from more than 30 reference titles, and over 110 full-text journal covering themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present.
Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, the site seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding of U.S. history while making the insights of women's history accessible to teachers and students. The site includes about 4,700 publications with 85,000 pages of Primary Source Collections pertaining to Women and Social Movements in the United States as well as 5,200 documents, 1,400 images, and 1,130 links to other websites.
Drawn from the extensive holdings of the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College, the Women's Rights Collections tell the story of woman suffrage, equal rights, and reproductive rights movements in the United States.
This collection includes:
books and publications of the National Woman Suffrage Organization, from which the National Woman's Party broke off
National Womans Party Papers documenting militant aspects of the suffrage campaign in the United States from 1913-1920,
the Party's activities from 1921-1971;
the central organizational records of the League of Women Voters from its formal inception in 1920 through 1974
the National Office Subject Files for the period from 1920-1932
the papers of the Womens Action Alliance
individual manuscript papers of notable women from the American Woman Suffrage Association, National Woman Suffrage Association, and the merged National American Woman Suffrage Association
papers of leaders in regional suffrage associations, including the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association
Courtesy of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.
Current NU Only
An online collection that provides multicultural, global and research-based content that supports research in history from ancient times to the present. World History in Context offers students and researchers access to a broad collection of scholarly analysis and full-text periodicals, reference works and primary documents, including Journal of World History, History Review and The Historian.
, History, Jewish Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Confidential British Foreign Office Political Correspondence: World War I contains the working papers of the British Foreign Office used in the development of British foreign policy. The information contained in these documents was often classified and was not made available for study outside of the British government until many years after the documents were created. This collection consists of records relating to the diplomatic business of the Foreign Office, which includes not only the formal relations between two countries but also the information needed by the British government in order to conduct diplomatic relations. This includes the domestic political, economic, social, and cultural relations of another country plus that country's relations with other nations, as well as British internal political concerns.