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American Studies

This guide provides general resources for starting research in American Studies.

Selected Digital Archives Collections

Some of these resources represent digitized archival materials from specific institutions; others are portals to multiple institutions' digital collections or databases collocating digital archival materials on a given topic. These collections include some formats highlighted elsewhere in this guide, including newspapers, government documents, and books; in addition, they contain manuscript materials (e.g. letters, notes, drafts of publications), photographs, and more. Archives are rarely able to digitize the entirety of their holdings or the entirety of a given collection; you should look to see full descriptions of collections on an institutions' website to get more context for digitized archival materials.

New York Area Archives and Special Collections

This is a very short list of archival repositories that are close to Barnard's campus. For more help locating archival collections, navigating finding aids and scheduling research appointments with other archivists, or for an introduction to archival research, schedule a consultation with archives staff. You can also use the ArchiveGrid to search across finding aids and catalog records for archival collections in over 1,000 archival repositories, with some coverage outside of the United States. For non-U.S. archives in the Americas, I recommend the resources gathered by Archivistas en Espanglish (Latin America) and (Canada).


Government Document Databases

U.S. Government Documents at Columbia

From the U.S. Government Documents at Columbia University Libraries: Columbia University has been a U.S. Federal government depository since 1882. CLIO has records for print and electronic government information. Use these links to search CLIO with government filters applied:

For example, try this search for the United States Sentencing Commission guidelines manual.

See also Columbia University Library's extensive research guides on government documents:

United States - Federal 

United States - State & Local

One more way to search census information is to use the Library's Ancestry subscription: