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History Resources: National History Resources

A subject guide for people interested in accessing information about history, both American and World.

Web Resources

Best of History Sites
Best of History Web Sites is an award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1000 history web sites as well as links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more.

New Jersey Digital Highway
The New Jersey Digital Highway is your "one-stop shop" for New Jersey history and culture, from the collections of NJ libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies.



Print Resources

American History Electronic Resources


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Access Video on Demand

Access Video On Demand features nine expansive streaming collections that cover the widest range of subjects with quality content, including thousands of exclusive titles you won't find anywhere else. Plus, the Films On Demand streaming video platform provides a powerful search and browse tool, making it easy for you to find specific pieces of content quickly. Access Video On Demand collections include history.


African American Newspapers: the 19th century

(Library Use Only)

This Enormous Collection of African- American Newspapers contains a wealth of information about the cultural life and history during the 1800s, and is rich with first-hand reports of the major events and issues of the day, including the Mexican War, Presidential and congressional addresses, Congressional abstracts, business and commodity markets, the humanities, world travel and religion. They also contain large numbers of early biographies, vital statistics, essays and editorials, poetry and prose, and advertisements all of which embody the African-American experience.



African American History and Culture

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Drawn from many of Facts On File's critically acclaimed print titles, African-American History & Culture explores all aspects of the African-American experience. Combining a powerful search engine with high-quality and reliable content, this comprehensive database features informative and extensively hyperlinked entries, including photographs and maps, timelines, primary sources, and biographies.



American Counties to 1900

(Library Use Only)

The full text searchabilty, will permit the student/researcher to instantly explore all the publications of a particular county by using a single query. In addition, those wishing to read or browse the text on a page by page basis, may do so in the original format by merely scrolling down the screen and then continuing to the next chapter. The Table of Contents is hyperlinked to each chapter as well as to each individual illustration. The user can select a particular graphic from the List of Illustrations, and proceed immediately to it by clicking on the highlighted text.


American History Online

American History Online provides comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the history of America and its people. American History Online is the ideal source for research on U.S. history. Spanning more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, thousands of biographies, subject entries, chronology entries, primary source documents, maps, and images cover the entire spectrum of the American experience.


American Indian History and Culture

This fascinating and unique resource gives users fast access to more than 5,000 years of culture, history, and biographies. More than 500 Native American groups are presented through primary source documents, maps and charts, and images.


American Women's History: An On-line Encyclopedia

In this unique reference, users will find biographies, historical and topical subject entries, speeches, documents, maps, charts, photographs and a timeline that covers the broad spectrum of American Women's history. (This service was partially funded by the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative.)


 The Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective

(Library Use Only)

This database contains the full text of major articles gleaned from over 2,500 issues of The New York Herald, The Charleston Mercury and the Richmond Enquirer, published between November 1, 1860 and April 15, 1865. The text begins with the events preceding the outbreak of war at Fort Sumter, continues through the surrender at Appomattox, and concludes with the assassination and funeral of Abraham Lincoln. Included are descriptive news articles, eye-witness accounts and official reports of battles and events, editorials, advertisements and biographies. A great effort has been made also to include articles which describe other than military concerns of the day. These include such topics as travel, arts and leisure, geographical descriptions, sports and sporting, social events, etc.


 Frank Leslie's Weekly (1852 - 1922)

(Library Use Only)

"Frank Leslie’s Weekly, later often known as Leslie’s Weekly, actually began life as Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Founded in 1855 and continued until 1922, it was an American illustrated literary and news publication, and one of several started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie. These weekly papers were large quarto in size, about 12″ by 16″, and each consisted of sixteen pages to the issue. They followed a tested and proven formula of carefully combining elements of war, politics, art, science, travel and exploration, literature and the fine arts in each issue, enhanced with between 16 and 32 illustrations." 


Godey's Lady Book (1830-1880)

(Library Use Only)

In 1830, in Philadelphia, Louis Antoine Godey (1804-1878) commenced the publication of Godey`s Lady`s Book which he designed specifically to attract the growing audience of American women. 
The magazine was intended to entertain, inform, and educate the women of America. In addition to extensive fashion descriptions and plates, the early issues included biographical sketches, articles about mineralogy, handcrafts, female costume, the dance, equestrienne procedures, health & hygiene, recipes & remedies, etc. Each issue also contained two pages of sheet music, written essentially for the piano forte. Gradually the periodical matured into an important literary magazine and contained extensive book reviews and works by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and many other celebrated 19th century authors who regularly furnished the magazine with essays, poetry and short stories. The Lady`s Book was also a vast reservoir of handsome illustrations, which included hand-colored fashion plates, mezzotints, engravings, woodcuts, and ultimately chromolithographs. (Completed through December 1880: Includes 45,000 pages and 18,000 images).


 Historical New York Times (1851-Present)

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The New York Times (1851-1999) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.



History Reference Center

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History Reference Center offers full text from more than 2,000 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for more than 130 leading history periodicals, more than 59,640 historical documents, 50,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 110,200 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.  


History Resource Center: U.S.

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Provides integrated access to over 1,000 historical (primary) documents, more then 30,000 reference articles, and over 65 full-text journal covering themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present. The material also includes access to the citations for over 180 additional history journals from the Institute for Scientific Information's Arts and Humanities Citation Index. (This service was partially funded by the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative.)



The National Anti-Slavery Standard (1840 - 1870)

(Library Use Only)

"National Anti-Slavery Standard was the official weekly newspaper of the American Anti-Slavery Society, an abolitionist society founded in 1833 by William Lloyd Garrison and Arthur Tappan to spread their movement across the nation with printed materials. Frederick Douglass was a key leader of this society and often addressed meetings at its New York City headquarters. National Anti-Slavery Standard was established in 1840 by the husband and wife team of Lydia and David Child, who both were affirmed abolitionists as well as recognized successful writers....With perhaps the exception of William Lloyd Garrison’s Liberator, also published by the Society, the Standard was the most influential voice for abolition leading up to the Civil War."

The National Citizen and Ballot Box (1876 - 1881)

(Library Use Only)

"The National Citizen and Ballot Box was a monthly journal deeply involved in the roots of the American feminist movement. It was owned and edited by Matilda Joslyn Gage, American women’s rights advocate, who helped to lead and publicize the suffrage movement in the United States. Each edition bore the motto “The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword”, and included regular columns about prominent women in history and female inventors. Gage wrote clearly, logically, and often with a dry wit and a well-honed sense of irony." 

The Revolution (1868 - 1872)

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"The Revolution, a weekly women’s rights newspaper, was the official publication of the National Woman Suffrage Association formed by feminists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony to secure women’s enfranchisement through a federal constitutional amendment. Published between January 8, 1868 and February, 1872, it was edited by Stanton and Parker Pillsbury and initially funded by George Francis Train, a wealthy and eccentric Democrat, and David Melliss, financial editor of the New York World newspaper. As the official voice of the National Woman Suffrage Association the paper confronted subjects not discussed in most mainstream publications of the time including sex education, rape, domestic violence, divorce, prostitution and reproductive rights. It was instrumental in attracting working-class women to the movement by devoting columns to concerns such as unionization and discrimination against female workers."

Local Resources

Ocean City Historical Museum
1735 Simpson Ave
Ocean City, NJ 08226

Cape May Historical Society
PO BOX 495
Cape May, NJ 08204

Informational DVDs