On the shelf
American Historical Association Guide to Historical Literature (Ref Z6201 .A55 1995) 2 vols.
Annals of America (Ref E173 .A793) 21 vols.: primary sources
Dictionary of the Middle Ages (Ref D114 .D5 1982) 13 vols.
Encyclopedia of Africa (Ref DT351 .E53 1997) 4 vols.
Encyclopedia of African-American History and Culture (Ref E185 .E54 1996) 5 vols.
Encyclopedia of American Historical Documents (Ref E173 .E54) 3 vols.
Encyclopedia of American Political History (E183 .E5)
Encyclopedia of Asian History (Ref DS31 .E53 1988) 4 vols.
Encyclopedia of the Confederacy (Ref E487 .E55) 
Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture (Ref F1406 .E53 1996) 5 vols.


If you’re browsing the shelves, books related to History can be found in call numbers beginning with the following letters:

  • History (General): D
  • American History: E
  • Geography (General): G

Library Catalog
Books at Howard Colman Library.

Locate books available elsewhere and request via interlibrary loan.

Primary Source Databases

Black Thought & Culture
Contains complete published non-fiction works, interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamphlets, and letters of leading African Americans through history.

Women and Social Movements
Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection contains primary source documents and scholarly essays on women’s history.

European Views of the Americas
Comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750.

Search issues from 1857 to 1912 of Harper’s Weekly, one of the most important American magazines in the 19th century.

Internet Resources

United States History

Using Primary Sources on the Web
Includes a definition of primary sources in history, and provides links to primary source material

American Memory Project (Library of Congresss)
Written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps and sheet music that document the American experience.

United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Photos and texts of historic U.S. documents.

New York Public Library Digital Collections
Contains digitized materials from the New York Public Library’s collections documenting history of the United States and across the globe.

Chicago Collections
Search for Chicago-related primary sources in the combined collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Newberry Library, Chicago Public Library, and more.

Presidential Libraries
If you are interested in a political topic since 1928, chances are that there is a presidential library website with useful primary sources.

Partnership of academic and research institutions providing access to millions of digitized book titles.

Internet Archive
Non-profit library that provides access to many different types of free primary sources.

European History

A single site with millions of primary sources from Europe’s leading galleries, libraries, archives, and museums.

University of Edinburgh Special Collections
Located in Scotland, the University of Edinburgh Special Collections contains many primary sources pertaining to European and United States history.

British Library Archives
Contains many unique primary source materials in a variety of formats relating to European history.