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American History Research Guide

Find books, databases, primary sources, and other resources related to American History.

Primary Sources

Historical Newspapers Online

What we refer to now is not always what it was called at the time, for example World War I won't work as a search term at the time of the war, so search for specific battles, or people, instead.  

Databases & Websites

Interactive US newspaper map - 19th & early 20th century

Papers of U.S. Founders

Special Collections at UH

The Special Collections department on the second floor of the M.D. Anderson Library contains a wealth of primary source material, including books, maps, ephemera (postcards, posters, playbills), art works, oral histories, etc. There are also many digitized collections available.