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Historical Primary Resource Databases

Containing digitized primary sources, these databases can contain a variety of resources, including correspondence, archival works, statistical analyses, surveys, ephemera, maps, and many more

New York Area Archives and Special Collections

This is a very short list of archival repositories that are close to Barnard's campus or available online. For more help locating archival collections, navigating finding aids and scheduling research appointments with other archivists, or for an introduction to archival research, or schedule a research consultation. You can also use the ArchiveGrid to search across finding aids in over 1,000 archival repositories.

Historical Newspapers

This is a selection of databases that contain historical news content. The date ranges can vary from each database and even each paper. Note that the auto-citation can be a bit odd for some of these, as many historical newspapers do not have "authors" listed. Email me with questions!

Need more news? Check out other databases that contain news sources, and use the filters on the left hand side to find ones from the time and place you need.

Oral Histories

According to the Oral History Association's website, "Oral history is a field of study and a method of gathering, preserving and interpreting the voices and memories of people, communities, and participants in past events." Oral history is both the oldest type of historical documentation and one of the most modern, initiated with reel-to-reel recorders at Columbia University in the 1940s and now taking advantage of 21st-century digital technologies.

This is a small collection of websites with oral histories. Not all will be digitized or even transcribed.