NWDA Northwest Digital Archives indexes descriptions of primary sources (called finding aids) in the Northwestern United States. The finding aids list correspondence, diaries, photographs and other materials. Digital reproductions of primary sources are available in some cases.
NARA databases and tools to online documents from the National Archives and Records Administration.
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A wealth of rich primary sources can be found online and in The Valley Library. Examples include:
Popular periodicals like women's magazines and national newsmagazines for nineteenth and twentieth centuries
On-line collections of primary documents which can be searched by subject/key word. Go to http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/History/RUSA/#two
for a bunch of them.
"Documenting the American South" (http://docsouth.unc.edu)
"The MLK, Jr. Papers" (www.stanford.edu/group/King/mlkpapers/)
A plethora of collections from the Library of Congress American Memories project (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html)
Collections from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (www.gilderlehrman.org)
"Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930" (http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/immigration/)
OSU Libraries' guide to Government Information, gives an overview of government publications and how to get them. See this guide for information about Congressional Publications at OSU. Includes links to Congressional Hearings.
American Memory Project's Century of Lawmaking contains Congressional materials from 1774-1875. This includes bills, journals, debates, and documents from Congress. Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates
Some additional hearings have been digitized for example:
Immigration Hearings has samples online.
Here is a list of newspapers, historical and current, on microfilm at Valley Library.
Search these full-text databases for historical news:
American Periodicals Series a database of magazines and newspapers from 1740-1900. This unique and valuable collection contains digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals that originated between 1741-1900, when Andrew Bradford's American Magazine and Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine were launched. Deriving from the acclaimed American Periodicals Series microform collection, APS Online features over 1,100 periodicals spanning nearly 200 years-from colonial times to the advent of American involvement in World War II. Titles range from America's first scientific journal, Medical Repository, to popular magazines like Vanity Fair and Ladies' Home Journal.
America's Historical Newspapers a database of newspapers from 1690-1876. Also known as Early American Newspapers, Series I, 1690-1876. This historical collection contains hundreds of historic newspapers listed in Clarence Brigham's authoritative bibliography and in additional subsequent bibliographies.
Here is a list of historical Oregon newspapers in microfilm on the 3rd floor of The Valley Library.
For locating historical citations from newspapers, you can try Google News Archive. After identifying citations, check if OSU Libraries holds the newspaper and if we don't, request it from interlibrary loan.
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