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California Subject Focus
California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC) This link opens in a new window
Includes over 150,000 digitized pages of California newspapers spanning the years 1849-1911. They include the Alta California (1849-1889); the San Francisco Call (1900-1910); the Amador Ledger (1900-1911); the Imperial Valley Press (1901-1911); and the Los Angeles Herald (1905-1907).
California Historical Newspapers This link opens in a new window
Provides access to many California newspapers of historical significance dating as far back as 1849. Newspapers from San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Stockton and Benicia are included.
Selected Digital Collections
Ad*Access Project This link opens in a new window
An image database of over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Covers five categories - Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II.
Organizations & Libraries with Multiple Collections
American Memory Project This link opens in a new window
American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity.
Duke Digital Collections This link opens in a new window
Digital image collection held by Duke University Libraries or other organizations affiliated with Duke University. Includes collections such as the William Gedney Photographs and Writings, Historic American Sheet Music and the Emergence of Advertising in America.
Format Focus - Maps
American Memory Project: Map Collections This link opens in a new window
Eleven map collections digitized from the Library of Congress. Content includes maps from the Civil War to World War II.
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection This link opens in a new window
Over 11,000 map images from the 18th and 19th centuries of North and South America.
Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection This link opens in a new window
Includes 11,000 map images scanned at the University of Texas including maps published by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Additional links are provided to more maps sites.
UC Libraries - Multiple Collections
Format Focus - Images
ARTstor This link opens in a new window
ARTstor is an ever-growing digital library of over 500,000 images of art, architecture and archeology from a wide range of cultures and time periods to support teaching and learning in the humanities and social sciences.
AP Newsroom This link opens in a new window
Photographs, audio sound bites, and graphics from the Associated Press (AP). The collection includes 12 million photographs from 1826 forward.
Animal Diversity Web (ADW) This link opens in a new window
An online collection of natural history, classification, species characteristics, conservation biology, and distribution information on thousands of species of animals. Contains photographs, sound clips, and a virtual museum. Via the University of Michigan. Previously BIODIDAC.
Botanical Society of America Online Image Collection This link opens in a new window
Searchable database of over 800 botanical teaching slides.
Images of America: a History of American Life in Images and Texts This link opens in a new window
Over 1 million historical images and texts from local history books, celebrating the places and faces that give America its spirit and life.
LIFE Photo Archive (hosted by Google) This link opens in a new window
Search photographs from the LIFE photo archive.
Format Focus - Primary Documents
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (Gale) This link opens in a new window
Digital images of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century. With full-text searching of texts in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more.
African American Newspapers Series 1 This link opens in a new window
1827 - 1998. Provides online access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. This unique collection features papers from more than 35 states, including many rare and historically significant
American Periodicals (ProQuest) This link opens in a new window
1740 - 1940. Includes digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals published from colonial days to the dawn of the 20th century. Access is available to the American Periodicals from the Center for Research Libraries collection.
Gerritsen Women's History Collection This link opens in a new window
1543 - 1945. Trace the evolution of feminism by using digital images from more than 4,700 books, periodicals, letters, diaries and pamphlets from Europe, the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand. Contains over two million page images of primary sources.
Gilded Age This link opens in a new window
Full-text, primary documents and critical documentary essays on a variety of topics related to the late nineteenth century in America. Themes include race & ethnicity, labor, western expansion, gender, and social progress.
Hispanic American Newspapers This link opens in a new window
1808 - 1980. A collection of Spanish-language and Spanish/English newspapers printed in the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. Coverage begins in 1808 with the first Spanish-language newspaper printed in the U.S.
North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories This link opens in a new window
Provides access to personal accounts of immigrants who came to America and Canada between 1800 and 1950.