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History Online provides a portal for nineteen history collections published by ProQuest Information and Learning Company. From the History Online home page, any of the following collections can be accessed. Click on a title below to read more information:

All of these collections are available on an individual subscription basis.

American Periodical Series Online, 1741-1900
This unique and valuable collection includes digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals published from colonial days to the dawn of the twentieth century. Titles range from Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine and America's first scientific journal, Medical Repository, to popular magazines still in print, such as Vanity Fair and the Ladies' Home Journal. Over 1000 titles are included, chronicling the development of America across 150 years.

The database is available on the Web through ProQuest®, and the complete ASCII text in the American Periodicals Series (including tables of contents) is searchable by keywords and Boolean operators. Articles are linked to the corresponding page images, which are downloadable in Adobe PDF.

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ArchivesUSA
ArchivesUSA is a current directory of over 5,400 repositories and over 124,400 collections of primary source material across the United States. In using ArchivesUSA, researchers are able to read descriptions of a repository's holdings to determine whether a collection contains material useful to their work as well as find the information they need to contact the repository directly. Repository records provide detailed information including phone and fax numbers, hours of service, materials solicited, email and home page URLs when available. Each collection record links to its corresponding repository record, simplifying the research process. Included in ArchivesUSA are important collections such as the entire collection of the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC), from 1959 to the present, covering more than 88,700 collections.

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Digital National Security Archive
The Digital National Security Archive is the most comprehensive collection available of significant primary documents central to US foreign and military policy since 1945. Included in the database are nearly 40,000 of the most important, declassified documents - many published here for the first time - totaling more than 250,000 pages. There are fifteen complete collections, and each contains a diverse range of policy documents including presidential directives, memos, diplomatic dispatches, meeting notes, independent reports, briefing papers, White House communications, email, confidential letters and other secret material. Additionally, contextual and reference supplements are provided for each collection, including general introductory material, a chronology, glossary and bibliography. Documents have been selected and identified by leading scholars in each of the topic areas covered, and have been indexed to permit item and page-level searching across more than 20 combinable fields. In its totality, Digital National Security Archive offers the most powerful research and teaching tool available in the area of US foreign policy, intelligence and security issues during this pivotal period of twentieth-century history.

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Digital Sanborn Maps 1867-1970
No maps are consulted more in academic and public libraries than Sanborn fire insurance maps; the detailed property and land-use records that depict the grid of everyday life in more than 12,000 U.S. towns and cities across a century of change. Now they're as close as your keyboard with the Digital Sanborn Maps™ collection, available online from ProQuest Information and Learning. Founded in 1867 by D. A. Sanborn, the Sanborn Map Company was the primary American publisher of fire maps for over 100 years, repeatedly mapping towns and cities as they changed. There are some 660,000 maps in this collection, and combined with other reference sources; city directories, photographs, small-scale maps, census records, genealogies, and statistical data, the Sanborn maps provide an unparalleled picture of life in American towns and cities. The electronic interface makes it easy to find the locations you want, and although initially accessible by state and community, the maps also pinpoint the streets, landmarks, and other places noted in the map's index. Once displayed, the maps can be manipulated, expanded, printed, and downloaded.

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Early English Books Online
Early English Books Online is a priceless library of classic early English works as they appeared in their original form. It includes more than 96,000 titles from the earliest printed works in the English language and spans over two centuries of writing. Now you can explore a wealth of knowledge, published between 1475 and 1700, with documents that range from ballads about Robin Hood to advice on cleaning your clothes, how to succeed at love, or literary masterpieces by Machiavelli, Faust, and Chaucer. Also included are works by Malory, Spenser, Bacon, More, Erasmus, Boyle, Newton and Galileo; musical exercises by Henry Purcell; novels by Aphra Behn; and prayer books, pamphlets, proclamations, almanacs, calendars and other primary resources. This online version enables researchers to view complete, digitized images of original pages from all the works in the database.

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The Gerritsen Collection
The Gerritsen Collection is an incomparable collection of books, pamphlets and periodicals reflecting the revolution of a feminist consciousness and the movement for women's rights. Begun in the late 1800s by Dutch physician and feminist Aletta Jacobs and her husband C.V. Gerritsen, and completed in 1945, The Gerritsen Collection includes more than 4,700 publications from continental Europe, the US, the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand, dating from 1543-1945. This online resource delivers two million page images exactly as they appeared in the original printed works. Users can trace the evolution of feminism within a single country, as well as the impact of one country's movement on those of the others. In many cases, it also provides easy access to primary sources otherwise available only in a few rare book rooms. The ASCII text is searchable by keyword and Boolean operators, and records are linked to the corresponding page images, downloadable in Adobe® PDF.

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Harper's Magazine Online
Harper's Magazine Online is a fascinating archive of articles from America's oldest continuously published monthly magazine. Founded in New York City in 1850, Harper's is a truly general interest magazine publishing reports, essays, criticism, fiction, poetry, art, humour and argument, and has been the recipient of eight National Magazine Awards, among its many other journalistic and literary honours. Harper's Magazine Online provides electronic access to every page of the full run of Harper's Magazine, facilitated through the comprehensive Harper's Cumulative Index®. Over 150,000 articles can be found easily and viewed electronically in the original printed format, providing unprecedented electronic access to the full run of the magazine. Harper's Magazine Online is published through a partnership between ProQuest Information and Learning Company and the Harper's Magazine Foundation.

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HeritageQuest Online
Digitized from the popular UMI® Genealogy and Local History collection on microfiche, the HeritageQuest Online database is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical hobbyists and professionals. It provides a unique, ongoing collection of research materials for tracing family lineage and American culture, beginning with the 13 original colonies. The amateur interested in tracing family trees, the folklorist, and the professional genealogical researcher can now find otherwise inaccessible documents in digital format. Many of the digital images in this collection are not available to researchers anywhere else. They include genealogical monographs and serials, local histories, tax rolls, cemetery lists, military rosters and the complete US Federal Census from 1790-1930. The database also contains maps, atlases, wills, and church, court, and school records. When complete it will encompass materials from all 50 states, with over 25,000 titles and more than 7 million pages. New content is added monthly, and the entire project will be completed by 2003.

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The Historical Index to The New York Times
The Historical Index to The New York Times, 1851-1922 is part of ProQuest's collection of electronic newspaper indexes, which have revolutionised access to the archives of the world's most important English-language newspapers. This index offers researchers the opportunity to search through seventy years of The New York Times, from its beginnings in 1851 (when it was known as The New York Daily Times), up until 1922. It is an excellent starting point for students and scholars researching all aspects of American life during this period of great transition, and is currently the only historical electronic index available for The New York Times. The Historical Index to The New York Times contains records for 3.3 million articles, from the passing of the Kansas-Nebraska Act to the advent of Prohibition. Every word of the Index can be searched, the results are returned in a matter of seconds, and users can also restrict their searches to main headings and to particular dates, pages, text types and publications.

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Palmer's Index to The Times
Palmer's Index to The Times, 1790-1905 is the only index to The Times® in the nineteenth century, and is the standard reference work in any library holding the newspaper in print or on microfilm. Launched in 1868 by Samuel Palmer and providing coverage of 115 years, from 1790 to 1905, it is a vast resource with more than 450 quarterly issues and 3.7 million entries. The sheer size of the Index means that searching the print version is often a slow and laborious task, which can frequently be unsuccessful. With this online version every word of the Index can be searched, and results are returned in a matter of seconds. Users can restrict their searches to main headings and to particular dates, pages, text types and publications, and the full range of Boolean and proximity search operators is available, as well as the facility for wildcard and truncation searching.

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Periodicals Contents Index
The Periodicals Contents Index is an online catalogue of every article available in thousands of scholarly journals published from 1770 until 1995. This electronic index currently includes almost 4,000 journals that deal with the humanities and social sciences, and over 13 million indexed articles. It offers a broad subject base, with deep chronological coverage going back over 200 years. The periodicals included range over a wide subject base and publications in around 40 languages are available, including English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Every year index records for between 300 and 500 journals are added, equating to over one million new articles. PCI will continue to grow to cover more than 5000 journals and 20 million individual articles. Also, participants in JSTOR's Arts & Sciences I and Arts & Sciences II Collections can link directly from the relevant index records in PCI to the full image of articles held within the JSTOR archive.

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Periodicals Contents Index Full Text
Periodicals Contents Index Full Text gives students, researchers and academics online access to the full text of over 3.5 million article pages taken from article records that have been indexed in the Periodicals Contents Index. This separate collection provides the full text of over 50,000 articles from 200 leading journals and covers over two hundred years of journal publishing. It is a full text collection that makes it extremely easy for students and researchers to locate articles relevant to their study, and contains many of the most important journals in the disciplines of humanities and the social sciences. In addition to providing the full text of the recent back file of many leading journals, PCI Full Text has also digitized journals of historical interest that were published in the nineteenth century, such as Academy and Literature, and offers the full run of well-known twentieth century publications such as History Today.

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ProQuest Digital Dissertations
With more than 1.6 million entries, the Dissertation Abstracts database is the single, authoritative source for information about doctoral dissertations and master's theses. The database represents the work of authors from over 1,000 graduate schools and universities. We add some 47,000 new dissertations and 12,000 new theses to the database each year.

The database includes bibliographic citations for materials ranging from the first U.S. dissertation, accepted in 1861, to those accepted as recently as last semester. Citations for dissertations published from 1980 forward also include 350-word abstracts written by the author. Citations for master's theses from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. The full text of more than one million of these titles is available in paper and microform formats. Starting with those titles published in 1997 and going forward, there are 24 page previews on-line and the full text of the manuscript is available for download.

 

ProQuest Historical Newspapers New York Times
This database is part of the ProQuest Historical Newspapers™ collection, which offers full-text and full-image articles for newspapers dating back to the 19th century. The New York Times® is considered to be the 'official' U.S. newspaper, and so has been chosen as one of the first newspapers to be digitized. When completed, coverage will span 150 years, from its first issue in 1851until 1999. This will include over 3,400,000 pages and offers a span of issues not currently available in any other electronic resource. Content is provided as both full-page-images and as article images, meaning that it is not just news, editorials, letters to the editor, obituaries, and birth and marriage announcements that can be found, but also historical photos, stock photos, and advertisements. The database is available on the Web through ProQuest®.

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ProQuest Historical Newspapers Wall Street Journal
The first issue of The Wall Street Journal was four pages long and sold for two cents. Today, the paper is considered the preeminent publication for business news and information on financial markets worldwide. This database is part of the ProQuest Historical Newspapers™ collection, which offers full-text and full-image articles for newspapers dating back to the 19th century. The Wall Street Journal® is one of the first leading newspapers to be digitized and when completed, coverage will span nearly 100 years, from 1889 until 1985. Over 1,400,000 pages will be available, and content will be provided as both full-page-images and as article images, meaning that it is not just news, editorials, letters to the editor, obituaries, and birth and marriage announcements that can be found, but also historical photos, stock photos, and advertisements. The database is available on the Web through ProQuest®.

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