Early Modern Europe Databases
These databases include primary sources.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
Contains over 150,000 items published in Great Britain and its colonies, including those in North America, during the 18th Century. The resource is thus a rich source of information about the American and French Revolution, scientific and medical advances, literature, law, religion, industry, and all aspects of life in the 18th century.
Searchable and browseable database offering extensive access to the web of correspondence between the greatest thinkers and writers of the long eighteenth century and their families and friends, bankers and booksellers, patrons and publishers. Coverage includes letters and documents, document sources such as manuscripts and early printed editions, scholarly annotations, and links to biographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, newspapers, and other online resources.
The Bibliotheque Nationale de France's digital library provides free electronic access to one of the world's largest collections of digitized books, periodicals, documents, manuscripts, images and audio-visual resources. One can browse (Decouverte), search (Recherche), or explore thematic groupings of materials (Dossiers).
Electronic Text Collections in Western European Literature
Lists literary texts freely available on the Internet in Western European languages other than English.
Eighteenth Century Journals
Consists of the full-texts of important and often rare journals and newspapers printed between the late seventeenth and early nineteenth century in Great Britain. The collections cover all aspects of British life including history, science, music, society, literature and theater.
Early English Books Online (EEBO)
Indexes over 125,000 volumes of early works printed in England or in English. These works constitute a significant portion of items included in the English Short Title Catalog. It contains most of the works indexed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalog (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalog (1641-1700) and the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection.
19th Century Primary Source Collections
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
Provides full-text access to thousands of 19th Century Parliamentary Papers. Includes all the "sessional papers" of the British Parliament: bills, reports of committees, papers presented by Royal Commissions and government departments, treaties and international agreements, command papers, and statistics.
Historical Newspapers Online
Indexes newspapers covering all aspects of British life and world affairs in the 19th and 20th centuries. Contains four major historical resources: Palmer's Index to the Times which covers The Times (London, 1790-1905); The Official Index to the Times (1906-1980); The Historical Index to the New York Times (1863- 1922); and Palmer's Full Text Online (1785-1870).
C19: The Nineteenth Century Index
Comprehensive coverage of nineteenth-century books, periodicals, official documents, newspapers and archives. C19 Index draws on the Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue, The Wellesley Index, Poole's Index and Periodicals Index Online to create integrated bibliographic coverage of over 1.4 million books and official publications, 64,891 archival collections and 15.6 million articles published in over 2,500 journals, magazines and newspapers.
Periodicals Index Online (formerly PCI)
Indexes millions of articles published in over 4,700 periodicals published between 1802 and 1995 in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. A sister database, Periodicals Archive Online, provides a full-text archive of some 475 journals.
History of Science Primary Sources
Internet History of Science Sourcebook http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/science/sciencesbook.html. The Sourcebook lists digital collections categorized from Antiquity to the present. It also includes non-western sources.You can also find primary sources on museum websites, such as the Oxford Museum of the History of Science http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/ (Click "Online Exhibits"); the Smithsonian Institution's Educators page http://www.si.edu/Educators; and Library of Congress "Lesson Plans for Science Teachers" http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/themes/science/lessonplans.html.
Pre-1877 US publications
Early American Imprints is a major digital collection of American publications, 1639-1800. You can search by subject words, or browse by genre, subject, author, place of publication, or language.
American State Papers A collection of more than 6,000 government publications including congressional and Executive Department materials. These papers cover the following broad subject areas: foreign relations, Indian affairs, commerce and navigation, military and naval affairs, the post-office department, and more.
American Periodical Series Online Contains digitized images of more than 1,100 periodicals. Includes special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines and many other historically significant magazines.
Harper's Weekly [aka Harpweek] Full-image reproductions of Harper's Weekly from its beginning in 1857 to 1912. Provides access to information about 19th and early 20th century advertising, illustrations, culture, history, literature, and notable figures.
Historical Annual Reports [of US businesses]
Of course, the library itself is full of pre-1877 US publications that you can find in Oskicat.
Newspapers are excellent primary sources for many topics. Remember to search words that were in vogue during the period you are studying. For example in the 1950s search 'negro' instead of 'Black' or "African American.'
Early American Newspapers
Access to hundreds of historic newspapers, fully text-searchable. Includes American newspapers from 1690-1820.
Archive of Americana
A family of primary source collections providing references to books, pamphlets, broadsides (Early American Imprints, Series I and Series II), newspapers (Early American Newspapers) and government publications (American State Papers and U.S. Congressional Serial Set).
California Digital Newspaper Collection
Offers over 200,000 pages of California newspapers spanning the years 1849-191l: the Alta California, 1849-1891; the San Francisco Call, 1893-1910; the Amador Ledger, 1900-1911; the Imperial Valley Press, 1901-1911; the Sacramento Record-Union, 1859-1890; and the Los Angeles Herald, 1905-1907. Additional years and other early California newspapers are forthcoming.
Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Full text of American newspapers from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Historical Newspapers Online
Indexes newspapers covering all aspects of British life and world affairs in the 19th and 20th centuries.