On the shelf
American Historical Association’s Guide to Historical Literature (Ref Z6201 .A55 1995) 2 vols.
Annals of America (Ref E173 .A793 1976) 21 vols.: primary sources
Dictionary of the Middle Ages (D114 .D5 1982) 13 vols.
Encyclopedia of Africa: South of the Sahara (Ref DT351 .E53 1997) 4 vols.
Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History (Ref E185 .E54 1996) 5 vols.
Encyclopedia of American Historical Documents (Ref E173 .E54 2004) 3 vols.
Encyclopedia of American Political History (E183 .E48 2001)
Encyclopedia of Asian History (Ref DS31 .E53 1988) 4 vols.
Encyclopedia of the Confederacy (Ref E487 .E55 1993) 4 vols.
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

African-American History
Organized around the history of African-Americans in the U.S., this collection contains primary source documents and scholarly essays on African-American history.

Black Freedom Struggle in the U.S.
Contains open primary source documents including historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, and correspondence from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.

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.

HeinOnline is an online research platform that provides more than 194 million pages of multidisciplinary periodicals, essential government documents, case law, international resources, and much more. The platform is composed of fully-searchable image-based PDFs, and each image is an exact replication of its print counterpart.

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.