Databases by Subject - History

American Memory
Digital collection from the Library of Congress relating to the history and culture of the United States. Broad topics covered in the collection include agriculture, art and architecture, business and economics, education, geography, history, languages and literature, performing arts, philosophy and religion, political science and law, recreation and sports, social sciences, and technology and applied sciences.

American Periodical Series Online
Searchable full-text database that includes digitized images of pages from American magazines and journals published from colonial days to the dawn of the 20th century (dates of coverage: 1741-1900).

America's Historical Newspapers - South Dakota Collection
Fully searchable collection from Newsbank which includes the Aberdeen American (1907-1922), the Aberdeen Daily News (1885-1922), the Dakota Republican (1962-1875), and the Yankton Press and Dakotan (1861-1875).

Ancestry Plus (on-campus access only)
Genealogy research database that provides access to more than 1 billion names in more than 3,000 databases. Ancestry Plus also includes Passenger & Immigration Lists Index—a reference guide to published lists of 500,000 passengers who arrived in America in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index (ISI Web of Science)
A&HCI focuses on essential data from over 1,160 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, as well as selected items from over 6,000 scientific and social sciences journals (coverage 1992-present).  A&HCI is a database in Web of Science.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers (Library of Congress)
Search and view historic newspapers dating from 1880-1922, as well as information about newspapers published from 1960 to present day.

Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)
Digital facsimile of Foreign Relations of the United States beginning with the administration of Abraham Lincoln. Provides official documentary history of major foreign policy decisions in an incomplete run from 1863-1958, with missing volumes being added as they can be acquired and processed.

Geographic Names Information System
Developed by the USGS; contains information about almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the United States, as well as foreign and undersea areas.

Of interest to those researching local history and family histories, it includes U.S. Federal Census records from 1790 thru 1930; 25,000+ family and local history books (every word searchable); the PERiodical Source Index/PERSIT (a comprehensive subject index covering more than 6,500 genealogy & local history periodicals); and Revolutionary War Pension & Bounty Land Warrant Application Files.

Historical Statistics of the United States
Standard source for quantatative data about the United States - population, work & welfare, economic structure and performance, economic sectors, and governance and international relations. Download tables in Excel or CSV, create custom tables, etc.

Full-text database of back issues of selected scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, philosophy, mathematics, and other fields of the humanities and social sciences. NOTE: JSTOR does not contain issues from the most recent 3-5 years.

The Making of America Project (Cornell University)
The Making of America Project (University of Michigan)
Digital library of primary sources in American social history from the Antebellum period through Reconstruction; a joint effort of the University of Michigan and Cornell University. According to the site, the Michigan collection focuses on education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology, while Cornell focuses mainly on digitizing general interest periodicals.

New York Times (Historical File)
Full text access to all sections of the New York Times from 1851 to 2005. Both full page and article access are available. Digital reproductions of every page allow access to international news, US news, sports, entertainment, stock quotes, and classified ads. Searchable by keyword, article type, and date of publication.

Perseus Digital Library
Digital library of resources for the study of the humanities; includes texts relating to ancient Greece, Latin text and tools, and Renaissance-related materials. Also includes materials on the United States' westward expansion and other materials of early American history including the American Civil War.

Project MUSE
Full-text database of more than 200 scholarly publications in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.

Sanborn Maps Online - SD
Online database of Sanborn fire insurance maps for the state of South Dakota. Included maps date from 1884 to 1960. These maps provide a wealth of information about buildings – size, dimensions, building materials used, function, and location of windows and doors. They were updated yearly, so a review of maps from several years can provide a good idea of when and what changes were made to a building.

Wall Street Journal (Historical File)
Full text access to all sections of the Wall Street Journal from 1889 to 1987. Both full page and article access are available. Digital reproductions of every page allow access to US business news, editorial & commentary, stock quotes, and classified ads. Searchable by keyword, article type, and date of publication.

Women Writers Online
Resource devoted to early modern women's writing covering a period from 1400 to 1850.