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1 WISER: Information Sources for US History Isabel D. Holowaty, Bodleian History Librarian

2 Aim Your libraries in Oxford About electronic resources Finding out about publications Primary sources Special Collections & archives Portals

3 Your Libraries Research collections: Vere Harmsworth Library Lending collections: History Faculty Library Related libraries: Rhodes House Library (e.g. slavery) Bodleian Library (rare books, special collections, music) Radcliffe Science Library (history of science & medicine) Social Science Library (US politics) Sackler Library (US art)

4 About e-resources Lists of subscriptions OxLIP+ Oxford University eJournals Via SOLO or at Off-campus access Single Sign-On (SSO) username & password

5 Finding out about publications Books Journals Articles Dissertations

6 Finding out about publications Books Library catalogues, Bibliographies, Reviews Journals (print + electronic) Library catalogues, Bibliographies, OU eJournals Journal articles Bibliographies (print + online) Dissertations Dissertation and Theses Index to Theses Theses completed & in progress (IHR website) SOLO/OLIS OLIS, BL, LC, WorldCat America: History & Life American Historical Review The limits of presidential activism: Lyndon Johnson and the implementation of the community action program (1985 Columbia Univ thesis on microfilm)

7 America: History & Life Bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Published since 1964. Contains 490,000+ bibliographic entries for 2,000+ periodicals dating back to 1954. Covers all key English-language historical journals. Selected historical journals from major countries, state and local history journal. Targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities.

8 America: History & Life

9 Early American Imprints, I 1639-1800 (Evans) A major digital collection of full-text early printed American imprints (1639-1800), compiled originally in the American Bibliography by Charles Evans and enhanced by Roger Bristol's Supplement to Charles Evan's American Bibliography. The collection of 37,000+ imprints embraces every aspect of life in 17th and 18th century America (history, literary, religion, witchcraft, agriculture, foreign affairs, temperance, etc.). Genre of material is very wide-ranging. In addition to printed books, pamphlets and broadsides, the collection also covers anything from advertisements to chapbooks, diaries to gazetteers, and hymnals to wills.




13 Early American Imprints, I 1639- 1800 (Evans) Access also via OLIS:



16 Early American Imprints I, Evans (1639-1800)

17 Early English Books Online (EEBO) Contains bibliographical references of Pollard & Redgrave’s STC (1475-1640) and Wing STC (1641-1700) and 96,000+ images of early printed material. Good source for exhaustive research in the areas of English literature, history, philosophy, theology, art and music, politics, and the history of science and medicine.


19 Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) Nearly 150,000 English-language titles and editions published between 1701 and 1800 will be made available online over the course of the next two years. When complete, the product will allow full-text searching of more than 33 million pages of material, in essence, every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas.


21 Other Primary Sources Published in print Presidential Papers Audio-visual material Newspapers Microform Official Publications Statistics

22 In Print Library catalogue subject searches United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources Constitutional history -- United States – Sources Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 – Correspondence New Deal, 1933-1939 - Florida - Sources Civil Rights – United States – Sources Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Public opinion - Sources Godwyn Pamphlets Index at DH R.6.204 An essay upon the government of the English plantations on the continent of America (1701) : An anonymous Virginian's proposals for liberty under the British crown.

23 In Print Early America Colonial State Papers Calendar of State Papers, Colonial Series (America & West Indies). 1574-1739. 45 vols. [via British History Online] Letters of delegates to Congress, 1774-1789


25 Presidential Papers Public papers v. private papers US Presidential Library (via HeinOnline) Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1916 Public Papers of the Presidents (Hoover to George W. Bush) Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents Presidential Libraries Presidential Libraries are repositories for the papers, records and historical materials of the Presidents.

26 HeinOnline > US Presidential Library

27 Audio-visual material Presidential Recordings Program (The Miller’s Center for Public Affairs) (Lyndon B Johnson) Recordings of Telephone Conversations and Meetings. May 1968 -January 1969. 43 CDs + selected transcripts. The Kissinger Telephone Conversations: A Verbatim Record of U.S. Diplomacy, 1969-1977 + transcripts. via Digital National Security Archive (DNSA)

28 DNSA > Kissinger Transcripts, 1969-1973

29 Newspapers & magazines Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers BAAS Newspaper Catalogue BL Newspaper Catalogue American Periodicals Series, 1740-1900 19 th Century US Newspapers New York Times, 1851- Washington Post, 1877- Chicago Defender, 1909-1975 The New Republic, 1914- [1988- online] The Nation, 1865-

30 American Periodicals Series, 1740-1900 (APS) Over 1,100 periodicals that first began publishing between 1740 and 1900. Including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines, and many other historically-significant periodicals.

31 American Periodical Series

32 New York Historical Archive, 1851-

33 BL Newspaper Catalogue

34 Newspapers & magazines Ethnic Newswatch 1960s- Black Journals [microform] Time Magazine 1923- 1990- Oxford eJournals

35 In microform British sources relating to America in microfilm (BAAS) VHL Guide to microfilms (Title/ subject) Papers of individuals Salmon Chase, William H Seward, Thaddeus Stevens, etc. Papers of organisations American Colonization Society, American Home Missionary Society Papers, Freedmen’s Aid Society Records, Congress of Racial Equality Papers, NAACP Papers, etc.

36 Official Papers: Finding Aids GPO Monthly Catalog Subject Index to Monthly Catalog CIS indices Public documents Executive Branch documents Congress publications Congressional Hearings

37 Official Papers Congressional papers American State Papers, 1789-1838 US Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1994 [OxLIP+] US Congressional Serial Set, 1995- Senate and House papers Journals Congressional records Annals of Congress etc.

38 US Serial Set, 1817-1994

39 American Memory Library of Congress Digitised mss, publications, posters, maps, images, oral history Examples US Congress 1774-1875: journals, debates, statutes Presidential Papers at LC (Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln) Frederick Douglass Papers and much more!!!

40 American Memory > U S Congress 1774-1875

41 Foreign & diplomatic affairs Foreign relations of the US (FRUS) Selections Declassified documents Declassified Documents Reference System Digital National Security Archive

42 Foreign relations of the US Foreign Relations of the US

43 Declassified Documents Reference System (DDRS) 500,000+ pages of previously classified government documents. Covering major international events from the Cold War to the Vietnam War and beyond, this single source enables users to locate key information underpinning studies in international relations, American studies, United States foreign and domestic policy studies, journalism and more.



46 Legal & constitutional history HeinOnline (OxLIP+): Statutes at Large US Federal Legislative History Library US Supreme Court Library

47 HeinOnline: Statutes at Large

48 Statistics & data Catalog of United States census publications Historical Statistics of the United States Statistical abstract of the United States. 1878-2000 (US Census Bureau) United States historical census data browser iPOLL (Public Opinion Research)

49 Historical Statistics of the US

50 iPoll

51 Archives Finding aids National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) National Inventory of Document Sources in the US (NIDS) ArchiveGrid (OxLIP+) Archives in Oxford United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel [RHO] (British) Anti-Slavery Society [RHO] Sir John Crampton, 1848-63 [BOD] Sir James Bryce, 1907-13 [BOD] Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield, 1953-6 [BOD] American Papers of Sir Charles Vaughan [All Souls]

52 Archives online Free content includes, e.g. Washington’s Correspondence with Secretaries of State 1789-1796 American Colonization Society papers American Memory LC papers of G. Washington, T. Jefferson, A. Lincoln, Madison, F. Douglass, etc.

53 Biographical Sources American National Biography World Biographical Archive Who’s who Diplomatic List

54 American National Biography

55 World Biographical Information System



58 Portals British Association for American Studies American Studies Research Portal (ASRP) Intute American Memory (LC) OAIster

59 Questions?

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