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Includes Dictionary of American History, and American Decades.

Includes Oxford Companion to United States History.

Encyclopedia of American Social History. (Ref 973.03 C318) 3 vols. New York: Scribner, 1993.

Encyclopedia of American Historical Documents.  (Ref 973.03 R724) 3 vols. New York: Facts on File, 2004.

General U. S. History

 

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 Historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. 

 

American Presidency - A Website from UC Santa Barbara with an online archive of presidential papers (searchable), plus documents relating to the presidency itself.

American Memory Project of the Library of Congress provides primary textual and graphical sources relating to American history and culture. Searchable.

Documents for the Study of American History - Bibliography of primary documents available on the Internet. Most of the documents fall between Colonial times and the end of the 1800's. Look chronologically for the document you need. From the University of Kansas.

Images of American Political History - More than 500 public domain images ranging from reproductions of art from colonial times to scanned photographs to the present day. Search by keyword, or browse by time period or general topic. Images are in JPEG format, with thumbnail previews linked to full-size images. From the College of New Jersey.

Immigration to the United States 1789-1930 - From the Open Collections Program at Harvard University, this online exhibit features diaries, letters, maps, books, pamphlets, and photographs, primarily from the 19th century, focused on the influx of immigrants to America.

National Archives and Records - Explore the exhibits for propaganda posters from World War II, and the "People at War". View photographs of Chicago's African American community, and historical documents such as the Emancipation Proclamation. Searchable.

Pacifica Radio Archives - an online source for interviews and other audio, providing excellent primary sources for a variety of events worldwide.

American Social History Online offers photographs, cultural materials (books, pamphlets, journal articles, maps, political cartoons...) for the 19th and 20th centuries. Combines many digital libraries into one big searchable space.

Colonial America

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Colonial America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History. (Ref 973.03 C490) Armonk: New York: Sharpe Reference, 2006.

Raid on Deerfield - An online exhibit sponsored by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association exploring the 1704 Deerfield raid in northeastern America.

Religion and the Founding of the American Republic - ..."many of the colonies that in 1776 became the United States of America were settled by men and women of deep religious convictions..." Essays on various aspects of the history of religion in the US, from the 17th century to the New Republic. Exhibition of the Library of Congress.

Witchcraft in Salem Village - From the University of Virginia, a collection of electronic texts, such as court documents, concerning the Salem Witch Trials. Includes some contemporary essays.

American Colonist's Library - Find the full text of literature and documents that would have been read, studied, and influenced the colonists.

Archiving Early America presents text and images of historical documents, maps and newspapers from the Keigwin-Mathews Collection of Early America.

Mayflower Hill Project, a good example of a Deed Patent from King James I to a charter company for colonization in Maine, provided by Colby College.

Virtual Jamestown - A "work in progress," this site is dedicated to bringing to life the "Virginia experiment" in what was to be the United States. Included are maps, labor contracts, public records, first hand accounts and letters, newspapers, and a reference center.

Benjamin Franklin: Glimpses of the Man provides very good biographical information and graphical views of Franklin, his contemporaries and the environment he lived and worked in.

Revolution and Early Republic

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Biographical Sketches of Loyalists of the American Revolution.  (2nd floor 973.314 Sa13) Port Washington, NY: Kennikat, 1966.

Adams Papers Online - Letters, diaries, from the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1764-1789 - Over 250 documents are here. Includes the George Washington Papers, Jonathan Elliot's debates, and much more.

George Washington Papers - Selected documents and articles on the Father of Our Country. Some are dispatches written during the war by the future president.

Liberty Online - Explores the philosophical background of the Revolution, as well as documents, speeches, and the thoughts behind the leaders at the time. Also includes essays from more recent times.

Papers of James Madison - E-texts of correspondence and papers of President James Madison. Sponsored by the University of Virginia.

Papers of the War Department, 1784-1800 - Browsable by year, author, and recipient, as well as searchable. Some images difficult to read due to fading. This is a reassembling of documents long believed to have been lost to fire in 1800.  Reassembled and maintained by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

Spy Letters of the American Revolution - Texts of letters from the wrong side of the American revolution. Includes a timeline, and context of the letters. From the Clements Library.

Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799. (2nd floor 973.41 W277w) 39 vols. Washington: USGPO, 1944.

"The Decisive Day is Come": The Battle of Bunker Hill - A comprehensive history of this battle. From the Massachusetts Historical Society.

California


Encyclopedia of California's Catholic Heritage. 
(Ref 282.794 W388e) Mission Hills, CA: St. Francis Historical Society, 2000.

Historical Atlas of California. (Ref 911.794 B388) Norman: University of Oklahoma, 1974.

California Missions Studies Association (CMSA) offers background information and photos of the 21 missions from 1895 to 1940.

Encyclopedia of the American West. (Ref 978.003 P541) 4 vols. New York: Macmillan, 1996

Museum of the City of San Francisco - A museum specializing in Bay Area history. Includes some excellent online exhibits related to historical times in San Francisco, such as, the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes, History of the San Francisco Fire Department, the firestorm in Oakland, and the Gold Rush. Includes copies of historical documents, essays, and commentary.

New Encyclopedia of the American West. (Ref 978.003 L161n) New Haven: Yale, 1998.

Panama-California Exposition - Held in San Diego in 1915.

San Diego History - Overview of the history of San Diego from the time of the missions to the present. Searchable. From the San Diego Historical Society.

San Francisco History - Features a searchable subject index on the history of the city, as well as histories of the Napa Valley and the University of California at Berkeley.

Women in the Gold Rush - Sponsored by the author of They Saw The Elephant.

Lands of Promise and Despair: Chronicles of Early California, 1535-1846.  (2nd floor, 979.402 B391) Santa Clara: CA: Santa Clara University, 2001.

California as I Saw It - "First person narratives of California's early years, 1849-1900." Texts and illustrations of 190 works. From the Library of Congress.

California Digital Newspapers - "A freely accessible repository of digitized California newspapers from 1846 to the present."

California Views: The Pat Hathaway Collection presents graphical images of Central California, including historical images of Cannery Row, Carmel, and Monterey.

California's Untold Stories: Gold Rush! - From the Oakland Museum.

Calisphere - A collection of primary texts and materials, organized by date and subject, from the University of California.

Early California Population Project - Public access to all information contained in California's mission registered, including baptisms, marriages, and some burials. Covers the years 1769 to 1850-- a valuable look at Alta California and mission history.

Historic Photograph Collection - Several hundred historic images of eight northeastern California counties: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, and Yuba. Browse by these counties, or use the search page.

Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives - Texts and images including War Relocation Authority Photographs of Japanese

American Evacuation and Resettlement, 1942-1945

John Muir Journals and Photographs and Drawings - A digital collection from the University of the Pacific.

Museum of California: Oakland - Oakland Museum's digitization of photographs, documents, artifacts, and paintings.

Online Archive of California ..."brings together historical materials from a variety of California institutions..." including images, documents, letters, oral histories, and specific guides to research. Searchable. From the California Digital Library.

San Francisco, 1897-1916 contains almost 30 run-time .AVI movies produced by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company between 1897 and 1916. Included are shorts of various scenes of the city before and after the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, rescue and evacuation efforts, and films of the city hosting the Panama-Pacific Exposition.

USC Digital Archive "provides access to over 100,000 photographs, maps, manuscripts, records, texts and sound recordings owned by USC and collaborating institutions." Primarily focused on California and the West coast.

Web De Anza - "An interactive study environment on Spanish Exploration and colonization of 'Alta California' 1774-1776". Diaries of Juan Bautista de Anza, and other explorers. Searchable. From the University of Oregon.

 

Periodical Reading Room
Citing your sources

A Pocket Guide to Writing in History (also called Rampolla)
(7th edition)
Reference Room: 1st floor 907.2 R148

Chicago Manual of Style Online. Also available in print in the reference room (Ref 808.02 Un3e)

Chicago Manual of Style (Notes-Bibliography) - A guide from the SMC Library

Quick Guide to Chicago Style from the Chicago manual publishers.

A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations
by Kate L. Turabian (6th edition)
Reference Room: 1st floor 808.02 T840b
Reserve Desk: 1st floor 808.02 T840b c.2
Turabian Citation Guide (Web site)

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