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									US History Sources in Oxford
Jane Rawson
Vere Harmsworth Librarian
US Studies Subject Consultant
   Finding publications
    ◦ Books, journals, journal articles, theses
   Electronic resources
    ◦ e-books via SOLO/OLIS
    ◦ Subscription databases via OxLIP+
    ◦ e-journals via OU e-journals
 Primary sources
 Special collections & archives
Vere Harmsworth Library
 Principal research library for US History
  at Oxford
 Located in the Rothermere American
  Institute on South Parks Road
Twitter @vhllib
Finding books
   Library catalogues
    ◦   SOLO/OLIS (
    ◦   British Library (
    ◦   COPAC (
    ◦   WorldCat ( or via OxLIP+)
   Bibliographies
    ◦ America: History & Life
   Reviews
    ◦ American Historical Review
    ◦ Reviews in American History
Finding journals
   Print & electronic
    ◦ Library catalogues
    ◦ Bibliographies
    ◦ OU e-journals (via OxLIP+)
   Journal articles
    ◦ Bibliographies (print & online)
    ◦ Google Scholar (
Finding dissertations & theses
 ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (US)
 Index to Theses (UK)
 Theses completed and in progress (UK,
 SOLO/OLIS (Oxford)
 ORA (Oxford recent, via SOLO or
 EThOS (UK,
America: History & Life
 Bibliographic database
 History of the US and Canada from
  prehistory to the present
 Published since 1964 with details of
  journal articles etc since 1954
 Indexes over 2,000 journals
 Available via SOLO/OxLIP+
Electronic resources
   e-books
    ◦ SOLO/OxLIP+
    ◦ Google Books (
    ◦ Internet Archive (
 e-journals via OU e-journals/OxLIP+
 Subscription databases via OxLIP+
    ◦ Primary sources
   Remote access
    ◦ Sign in to SOLO/OxLIP+ using single sign-on
Sources: books
   Early American Imprints I: Evans
   Early English Books Online (EEBO)
   Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
   Google Books (
   Internet Archive (
   Making of Modern Law
   Making of America (U of Michigan, Cornell)
   Microform collections in VHL
    ◦ Travels in the Old South
    ◦ Travels in the New South
    ◦ Travels in the West and Southwest
Early American Imprints I: Evans
 Collection of 37,000+ full text early
  printed American imprints (1639-1800)
 Originally compiled in the American
  Bibliography by Charles Evans, and the
  supplement by Roger Bristol
 Very wide-ranging: covers every aspect of
  life in 17th & 18th century America, and all
  sorts of publications from books &
  pamphlets to advertisements, chapbooks,
  hymnals, wills etc
Early English Books Online (EEBO)
 Contains bibliographical references of
  Pollard & Redgrave’s Short Title Catalogue
  (1475-1640) and Wing’s Short Title
  Catalogue (1641-1700).
 96,000+ images of early printed material
 Includes material printed in the American
Eighteenth Century Collections Online
 Nearly 150,000 English-language titles and
  editions published between 1701 and
  1800 being made available online (still in
 When complete, will allow full-text
  searching of more than 33 million pages
  of material – every significant English-
  language and foreign-language title printed
  in the UK, along with thousands of
  important works from the Americas
Google Books & the Internet Archive
 Millions of digitised printed books
 Full text access only to out-of-copyright
  material, but listings and snippets of many
 Google Books agreement extends
  coverage to ‘orphan works’
 Oxford material can be found in Google
Making of Modern Law
 Over 21,000 works from the 19th and early 20th
 Covers British, Commonwealth and American
 Legal focus: casebooks, treatises, manuals, as
  well as monographs
 But wide-ranging in terms of subjects covered:
  also politics, military, religion, labour, social
  welfare etc
Making of America
 University of Michigan:
 Cornell University (much smaller):
 Thousands of digitised primary sources
  (books and journals)
 19th century US social history
Microform collections
 Subject guide in VHL or online at
 Hundreds of books, journals, travel
  literature, diaries, biographies
 Three major collections of printed
    ◦ Travels in the Old South
    ◦ Travels in the New South
    ◦ Travels in the West and Southwest (not all on
      SOLO, see also the online lists at
Sources: Newspapers, magazines,
 American Periodicals Series
 19th Century US Newspapers
 ProQuest Historical Newspapers
 Chronicling America
 Ethnic NewsWatch
 Black Journals
 Nexis UK (current)
 Early American Newspapers
 Print news magazines in VHL and BOD
 BAAS newspaper catalogue
 BL newspaper catalogue
 Online digitisation projects
American Periodicals Series
 Over 1,100 periodicals that first began
  publishing between 1740 and 1900
 Includes special interest and general
  magazines, literary and professional
  journals, children’s and women’s
  magazines, and many other historically
  significant periodicals
 Access via SOLO/OxLIP+
19th Century US Newspapers
 Approximately 1.7 million pages (over 28
  million articles) from c.500 newspapers
 Newspapers from a range of urban and rural
  regions throughout the US
 Covers entire 19th century
 Emphasis on topics such as the American Civil
  War, African-American culture & history,
  Western migration, economic development, the
  Antebellum era and many other subjects
ProQuest Historical Newspapers
   Full-text access to the archives of major
    US newspapers:
    ◦   The New York Times, 1851-2007
    ◦   The Washington Post, 1877-1994
    ◦   The Chicago Defender, 1910-1975
    ◦   The New York Amsterdam News, 1922-1993
    ◦   The Pittsburgh Courier, 1911-2002
   New York Times and Washington Post
    also held on microfilm in the VHL (up to
Chronicling America
   Freely available online
   Provided by the Library of Congress
   Search and view newspaper pages from 1860-
   Includes newspapers from Arizona, California,
    DC, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky,
    Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana,
    Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon,
    Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah,
    Virginia, Washington
Ethnic NewsWatch
 Covers US ethnic and minority
  newspapers and other periodicals
 Coverage begins in 1990
 Bilingual database (English and Spanish)
 Access via SOLO/OxLIP+
Black Journals
 Microfilm of 17 titles from the first half of
  the 20th century
 VHL Micr. USA 397-415
 Listed in VHL microform guide
Nexis UK
 Access to thousands of news sources
  from all over the world
 Current and recent (up to 20 years in
  some cases)
 Not page images
 Restrict search by source (either
  individual titles or geographic location)
Early American Newspapers
   Microfilms in VHL (search SOLO or browse
    microform list)
   18th/19th century (largely c.1760-1860)
   Coverage is particularly good for the original 13
   Online list of all newspapers on microfilm at the
    VHL available at
   Available online from British Library (for BL
    members) until September
News magazines
 Many available in VHL or Bodleian bookstack – search
  SOLO. Often also available online via Nexis UK etc.
 VHL titles include:
    ◦   The Nation, 1865-
    ◦   The New Republic, 1914-
    ◦   National Review, 1955- (incomplete)
    ◦   National Journal, 1977- (incomplete)
    ◦   US News & World Report, 1948-
    ◦   Ebony, 1958-2008
   BOD titles include: Time, 1943- (also online from 1923
   LIFE magazine available via Google Books
   BAAS newspaper catalogue
    ◦ Listing of US newspaper holdings in UK libraries
   BL Newspaper Library
    ◦ British Library’s newspaper holdings all at
    ◦ Search via BL catalogue (
   Wikipedia list of online newspaper archives
Sources: Official papers, government
publications, foreign policy etc.
   Monthly Catalog
   US Congressional Serial Set
   Congressional Record & predecessors
   House & Senate Journals
   Congressional Committee Hearings
   American State Papers
   Colonial State Papers
   Presidential Papers
   American Founding Era Collection
Sources: Official papers, government
publications, foreign policy etc.
 Foreign Relations of the United States
 Declassified Documents Reference
 Digital National Security Archive
 Confidential Print North America
 HeinOnline
 FDSys
 VHL online guide:
Monthly Catalog
 Indexes all US government publications
 Print, 1933-2000,VHL reference section
 Online from July 1976-
 Cumulative subject index (1900-1971) in
  VHL (Ref. Z 1223 .A182 1973)
US Congressional Serial Set
 Contains reports and documents of
 Contains House & Senate Journals until
 Covers 1817-1994 [via SOLO/OxLIP+]
 Post-1994 freely available online via FDSys
 19th century print volumes also in VHL
Congressional Record (and
   Verbatim record of proceedings in Congress
   VHL holdings cover 43rd-97th Congresses (1874-1982)
    in print, then 97th-101st Congress (1981-1990) in
   Post 1918 volumes on ground floor, earlier volumes in
    stack. Microforms at Micr. USA 237
   Online access via FDSys (1994-), THOMAS
    (, 1989-) American Memory
    (, 1873-1875)
   Preceded by Annals of Congress (1789-1824), Register
    of Debates (1824-1837), Congressional Globe (1833-
    1873), all in print VHL Stack. Some also available online
    via American Memory or Google Books.
House & Senate Journals
   Minutes, daily record of business
   Not verbatim record of debates (though
    earlier volumes may contain excerpts of
   Contained in Serial Set until 1952 (via
   VHL also has some print volumes:
    ◦ House Journal: 1963, 1966, 1968-1979 (xKF 46
    ◦ Senate Journal: 1964-1978, 1981 (xKF 45 .A22)
Congressional Committee Hearings
 Not to be confused with the reports to Congress in the
  Serial Set (although some 19th C hearings included in
  Serial Set)
 VHL has a substantial collection of mid 20th century
  hearings in print – search SOLO (but not all
 CIS Index to Committee Hearings (1833-1969) in VHL
  Reference section (Ref. Z 1223 .Z7 C67 1981)
 Also listed in Monthly Catalog (1976-
 Need the SuDoc reference number (begins Y.4) to find
  the document in the VHL stack (ask staff)
 If not in VHL, try the British Library
 Recent hearings and prints (1995-) available online via
American State Papers
   Legislative and executive documents from 1789-1817
   Arranged in 10 topical classes:
    ◦   Foreign Relations
    ◦   Indian Affairs
    ◦   Finances
    ◦   Commerce & Navigation
    ◦   Military Affairs
    ◦   Naval Affairs
    ◦   Post Office Department
    ◦   Public Lands
    ◦   Claims
    ◦   Miscellaneous
   Available via SOLO/OxLIP+ (also in VHL Stack)
Colonial State Papers
 Thousands of papers concerning English
  activities in the American, Canadian, and
  West Indian colonies.
 Covers 1574-1739.
 Includes papers presented to the Privy
  Council and Board of Trade between
 Available via SOLO/OxLIP+
Other Early State Papers
   Journals of the Continental Congress,
   Papers of the Continental Congress,
    ◦ Freely available via
Other Early State Papers
 Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia,
  1619-1776 [VHL Stack]
 Journals of the House of Representatives of
  Massachusetts, 1715-1779 [VHL J 84 .M4]
 Journals of the House of Representatives (South
  Carolina), 1776-1794 [VHL xJ 87 .S6 1960-]
 Journals of the House of Representatives of the
  Commonweath of Pennsylvania, 1776-1781
  [Available via Early American Imprints
Presidential Papers
   Public Papers of the Presidents of the United
    States, 1929- [VHL J 80 .A283; online via
   US Presidential Library [via HeinOnline
   Published/collected papers of various presidents
    (search SOLO; some early papers also in
    American Founding Era Collection via OxLIP+)
   American Presidency Project
   Many digitisation projects online (Jefferson,
    Lincoln, Washington, Madison)
   Presidential Libraries for private papers
American Founding Era Collection
   Digital versions of papers of major figures from
    the early republic:
    ◦ Papers of James Madison
    ◦ Documentary History of the Ratification of the
    ◦ Papers of Thomas Jefferson
    ◦ Adams Papers
    ◦ Papers of George Washington
    ◦ Dolley Madison letters
    ◦ Papers of Alexander Hamilton [pending]
   Via SOLO/OxLIP+
Foreign Relations of the United States
   Presents the official documentary historical record of
    major US foreign policy decisions and significant
    diplomatic activity. NB, edited!
   Documents come from Presidential Libraries,
    Departments of State and Defense, National Security
    Council, CIA among others.
   Volumes are arranged geographically/thematically
   Currently publishing volumes for Nixon-Ford
   Available:
     HeinOnline (1861-) [via OxLIP+]
     University of Wisconsin (1861-1960)
     State Department (1945-)
     Print in VHL (JX 233 .A3)
Declassified Documents Reference
 Over 75,000 declassified documents
  covering 1945-
 Includes memos, cables, correspondence,
  field reports, situation reports, extensive
  background studies, minutes of meetings
 Excludes GPO publications, treaties and
  agreements, statistics, and legislation
Digital National Security Archive
 Over 60,000 declassified documents
 Obtained under FOIA requests by the
  National Security Archive at George
  Washington University
 Arranged into topical collections
 Available via OxLIP+
Confidential Print North America
 Selection of Colonial Office and Foreign
  Office papers from the National Archives
  in Kew.
 Covers 1824-1961.
 Includes reports, dispatches, weekly
 Covers US, Canada, Caribbean. Also some
  coverage of South America.
 Available via OxLIP+
19th C Diplomatic Despatches and
 Microfilms of despatches from US
  Consuls in Latin America/South America
  and China
 Microfilms of Diplomatic Instructions of
  the Department of State, 1801-1906
 See microfilm guide
  ( for full list of
  countries covered
   Vast legal database, available via OxLIP+
   Collections relevant to US legal
    ◦   Federal Register Library, 1936-
    ◦   Foreign Relations of the United States, 1861-
    ◦   Treaties and Agreements Library, 1950-
    ◦   United States Code, 1925-
    ◦   US Federal Legislative History Library
    ◦   US Presidential Library
    ◦   US Statutes at Large, 1789-2007
    ◦   US Supreme Court Library
FDSys (Federal Digital System)
 Government Printing Office online system
 Provides access to full text of most
  government publications from the mid-
Sources: Censuses, Statistics, Data
 Print census volumes (early censuses in Serial Set)
 Historical Census Browser (University of Virginia)
 Census project [requires subscription for
  full information]
 Historical Statistics of the United States [via OxLIP+,
  also print in VHL reference section]
 Online eg. Gallup Presidential Job Approval Center
  Approval-Center.aspx) (see VHL’s delicious page for
 Opinion polls: iPoll [via OxLIP+], Gallup [print in VHL]
Sources: Papers, Archives, Special
 VHL microforms
 Rhodes House Library
 Bodleian Library
 Elections Archive (VHL)
 Finding aids
VHL microforms
 Subject guide and title listing available either in
  the library or online at:
 As well as newspapers, papers of individuals and
    ◦ Individuals: Adams Family, James Buchanan, Salmon P.
      Chase, William H. Seward, Thaddeus Stevens
    ◦ Organisations: NAACP, CORE, Nixon White House,
      Republican Party, American Colonization Society,
      American Home Missionary Society, Freedman’s Aid
Rhodes House Library Archives
   United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel
    ◦ Founded in 1701 as a result of an enquiry into the
      state of the Church of England in the American
    ◦ Sent priests and schoolteachers; remit also included
      evangelisation of slaves and Native Americans
   Papers of the (British) Anti-Slavery Society
    ◦ Collection covers 1701-1965 and includes
      correspondence, minutes, sermons, reports, financial
      records, maps, photographs.
Bodleian Library Special Collections
   Includes papers of three British
    Ambassadors to the US:
  ◦ Sir John Crampton, 1848-1853
  ◦ Sir James Bryce, 1907-1913
  ◦ Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield,
  cialcollections for more information
US Elections Campaigns Archive
 Large archive of election campaigns
  ephemera donated to the VHL/RAI.
 Mostly late 20th century, but some older
 Contains buttons, bumper stickers,
  leaflets, ballot papers and other campaign
 Material from all levels of elections, local,
  state, congressional, presidential.
 Currently being catalogued.
Finding aids
 UK: ArchivesHub
 US: National Archives and Records
  Administration (
    ◦ Includes more than 124,000 digital images
      through the Archival Research Catalog
   NIDS (National Inventory of Document
    ◦ Index:VHL Ref. Z 6621 .U58 N37 (microfiche)
Sources: audio-visual
   Lyndon B. Johnson: Recordings of Telephone
    Conversations and Meetings, May 1968-January 1969
    [43 CDs + transcripts; ask VHL staff]
   Presidential Recordings Program (Miller Center for
    Public Affairs)
   YouTube
    ◦ Library of Congress
    ◦ National Archives
    ◦ Presidential Libraries
   Elsewhere on the web (see VHL’s delicious page)
Sources: biographical
 American National Biography (via
 World Biographical Archive (via
 Who’s Who (VHL and online via Nexis
 Biographical Directory of the United
  States Congress, 1774-
Sources: other electronic (via OxLIP+)
   Early Encounters in North America
    ◦ Over 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and
      accounts from 1,482 authors
   North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and
    Oral Histories
    ◦ More than 100,000 pages of personal narratives
    ◦ Covers 1840-
   North American Women’s Letters and Diaries
    ◦ 150,000 pages of published letters and diaries
    ◦ Covers Colonial times to 1950
Sources: on the web
   VHL’s delicious page (
   State digital libraries & historical associations
   Hathi Trust (
   Other digitization projects
   Library of Congress
    ◦ American Memory (
    ◦ THOMAS (
 [subscription for full access]
    ◦ List of collections at:
For more help!
 Online Guide to US History Sources
 US Studies Resources Blog

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