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Links to Primary Source Databases Available through the Library
Early Americas Digital Archive
The Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA) is a collection of electronic texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820. Open to the public for research and teaching purposes, EADA is published and supported by the University of Maryland Libraries’ e-Publishing Initiative, and was originally developed with the support of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). Intended as a long-term and inter-disciplinary project committed to exploring the intersections between traditional humanities research and digital technologies, it invites scholars from all disciplines to submit their editions of early American texts for publication on this site. To learn more about EADA, please see Introduction to the Archive. In order to search the database of documents housed at EADA, see Browse/Search the Archive. In order to find early American texts on the Internet, at the EADA and elsewhere, see Gateway of Early American authors on the Internet.
Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment
Alternative Name(s) & Keywords: Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, & the Environment
Contains letters, diaries, memoirs, and accounts of the peoples, cultures, and environment of North America between 1400-1800.
Spanning five centuries, and charting the rise and fall of empires around the world, this resource explores colonial history, politics, culture and society.
Gale Primary Sources
Provides the ability to cross-search over twenty primary source collections from Gale. Content in the collections includes newspapers, magazines, and books published between the 17th and 20th century, images and videos from the mid-1800s to the 20th century from the Associated Press, primary source materials that focus on the Americas as well as the cultural, political and social history of Native Peoples in North America, and much more.
Sabin Americana, 1500-1926
Provides a wealth of material about the history of North, Central and South America, the Arctic and Antarctica, and the West Indies, with particular emphasis on the history and culture of the United States from 1500-1926. Includes original accounts of exploration, colonization, pioneering, settlement, the American Revolution, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the western movement, Native Americans, slavery and abolition.