Historical Research Databases

19th Century Masterfile
(Poole's Plus)

19th Century Masterfile is a vast "Index of Indexes", and is the largest resource for historical research prior to 1925. It brings together over 60 subject indexes to: Periodicals, Newspapers, Books, US Congressional Record, US and UK Government Documents, US Patents.

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Avalon Project

A Yale-based project to provide documents in law, history and diplomacy back to the 18th century and earlier.

Avalon Project

A Yale-based project to provide documents in law, history and diplomacy back to the 18th century and earlier.

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Cold War Intelligence: The Secret War Between the U.S. and the USSR, 1945-1991

This collection of 2,360 formerly classified U.S. government documents (most of them classified Top Secret or higher) provides declassified documentary record about the successes and failures of the U.S. intelligence community in its efforts to spy on the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

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Colonial State Papers

Colonial State Papers provides access to thousands of papers concerning English activities in the American, Canadian, and West Indian colonies between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Also included is a digitized version of The Calendar of State Papers, Colonial: North America and the West Indies 1574-1739, which contains bibliographic records and extracts for thousands of additional documents.

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Colonial State Papers Online

Colonial State Papers provides access to thousands of papers concerning English activities in the American, Canadian, and West Indian colonies between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Included is a digitized version of The Calendar of State Papers, Colonial: North America and the West Indies 1574-1739, which contains bibliographic records and extracts for thousands of additional documents.

Constitutions of the World from the late 18th Century to the Middle of the 19th Century Online
(De Gruyter Constitutions of the World from the late 18th Century to the Middle of the 19th Century Online)

Full text access to over 1,600 constitutional documents, constitutional amendments, human rights declarations, and draughts of constitutions from about 50 countries in Europe, and North and South America.

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Digital National Security Archive
(DNSA)

The Digital National Security Archive contains a comprehensive set of declassified government documents available. The resource now includes 36 collections consisting of over 80,000 meticulously indexed documents, with more than 500,000 total pages. It covers the most critical world events, countries, and U.S. policy decisions from post World War II through the 21st century.

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Early English Books Online
(EEBO)

Contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English; based on the Bell & Howell microfilm collections Early English Books 1475-1640 and Early English Books 1641-1700;searches can be restricted to legal materials.

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Eighteenth Century Collections Online
(ECCO)

Fully searchable digital images of books published during the 18th Century, including history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, and science.

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Ethnic NewsWatch
(Ethnic NewsWatch: A History)

Ethnic NewsWatch provides access to journals, magazines, and newspapers from ethnic and minority presses. The current collection, Ethnic NewsWatch™, covers 1990-present, and the historical collection, Ethnic NewsWatch: A History™, spans 1959-1989. Ethnicities include: African American/Caribbean/African; Arab/Middle Eastern; Asian/Pacific Islander; European/Eastern European; Hispanic; Jewish; Native People.

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Foreign Office Files for China
(http://www.archivesdirect.amdigital.co.uk/Introduction/FO_China/default.aspx)

This resource, published in six parts, makes available the complete British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan between 1919 and 1980.

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HeinOnline American Indian Law Collection

This collection contains an expansive selection of titles unique to American Indian law including more than 700 unique titles dedicated to American Indian Law. This library also features rare compilations edited by Felix S. Cohen.

HeinOnline Foreign Relations of the United States
(Hein Online Foreign Relations of the United States)
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HeinOnline History of Bankruptcy: Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Part III
(Hein Online History of Bankruptcy: Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Part III)
HeinOnline History of International Law
(Hein Online History of International Law)
HeinOnline History of Supreme Court Nominations
(Hein Online History of Supreme Court Nominations)
HeinOnline Scottish Legal History
(Hein Online Scottish Legal History)
HeinOnline Selden Society publications and the history of early English law
(Hein Online Selden Society publications and the history of early English law)

Official publications from the Selden Society including the Selden Society Annual Series Vols. 1-117 (1887-2000), the Supplementary Series Vols. 1-13 (1965-2000) , and the Centenary Guide to the Publications of the Selden Society. These early English manuscripts, digests, encyclopedias, yearbooks provide coverage coverage back to A.D. 1200.

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HeinOnline State Statutes: A Historical Archive

Includes superseded state statutes for all fifty states. Search the statutes by state, date, description and text. Coverage goes back until 1717.

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HeinOnline Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I and II
(Hein Online Taxation and Economic Reform in America)

A 225 year archive of legislative histories, reports and documents studying American taxation including the complete Carlton Fisk collection, the full legislative history of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, and documents from recent economic reforms and stimulus plans.

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HeinOnline World Constitutions Illustrated: Contemporary & Historical Documents & Resources
(World Constitutions Illustrated: Contemporary & Historical Documents & Resources)

Brings together constitutional documents, books, articles, bibliographic references, and web sites all into one database

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HeinOnline World Trials Library
(World Trials Library)
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House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
(HCPP)

Between 1801 and 2000, around 9.5 million pages for over 184,000 parliamentary papers were published. Since 2001, the number of papers has grown by approximately 4,000 for each parliamentary session. HCPP delivers searchable full text for each paper, along with a detailed index. HCPP currently contains an index for 1801-2004, and full text for 1840-1883 and 1901-1904. The 19th century will be complete by early 2006, with the 20th century following later in the year.

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International Historical Statistics
(Statesman's Yearbook)

"A collection of statistical data from around the world, covering a wide range of socio-economic topics. The collection includes data on the Americas and Europe, but also hard-to-find data on Africa, Asia and Oceania."

LLMC-Digital
(LLMC Digital)

Digital collection of various publications in the LLMC microfiche set.

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Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources, 1600-1970
(MOML VII)

Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources, 1600-1970 complements the collection of treatises found in MOML: Foreign, Comparative and International Law 1600-1926. Importantly, it provides an interpretive analysis with books and codes – the “primary sources” of law in European Jurisdictions.

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Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative, and International Law, 1600-1926
(MOML VI)

Providing collection of legal treatises, historical records and works from the 17th century to the beginning of the 20th century. Providing broad coverage, the collection enables detailed research on centuries of major events of legal history, from public policy and taxation to contract law, sustainable development concerns, and issues of war and peace. -Publisher Description

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Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1800-1926
(MOML I)

The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926 provides digital images and full-text searching for 22,000 legal treatises on US and British law published from 1800 through 1926.

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Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources, 1620-1926
(MOML IV)

Part I, 1620-1926: Contains more than 1,300 individual titles consisting of about 2,225 volumes sourced chiefly from the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale University, with additional materials provided by the Law Library of Congress. Its 1.8 million pages span over 300 years of legal primary sources, such as early U.S. state codes, municipal codes, constitutional conventions and compilations, and other documents, many of which have heretofore only been available as bound volumes or in microfilm.

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Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources, 1763-1970
(MOML V)

Part II, 1763-1979: Extends this acclaimed archive into the second half of the twentieth century with more than 1.6 million newly scanned pages drawn from the three world-class American law libraries: the Harvard Law School Library, the Yale Law Library, and the Law Library of Congress. Comprised of United States codes, constitutional conventions and compilations, and municipal codes, Part II enhances scholarly access to essential documents in American legal history and is fully cross-searchable with Primary Sources, Part I.

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Making of Modern Law: Trials, 1600-1926
(MOML III)

Online versions of accounts of trials, principally U.S. and British.

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Oxford Constitutions of the World
(Constitutions of the Countries of the World)

Contains fully-translated English-language versions of all the world's constitutions (both national and sub-national), accompanied by individual commentaries, supplementary materials, including foundation documents, historical constitutions, and amendment Acts/laws. Combines formerly separate databases: Constitutions of the Countries of the World, Constitutions of Dependencies and Territories, Constitutions of the United States: National and State.

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Parliament Rolls of Medieval England
(PROME)

This database contains the full text and translation of the meetings of the English parliament from Edward I to Henry VII, covering the years from 1272 to 1504. All surviving records of the parliaments, including many texts never before published, are given in full, with new scholarly introductions to each parliament. The parliament rolls themselves are freshly transcribed from the original documents, while the transcripts incorporate precise information about the text in the documents (e.g., deleted and unreadable text).

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Piracy Trials Collection, Library of Congress
(Library of Congress, Piracy Trials Collection)

The Law Library of Congress digitized collection of pre-1923 piracy trials is critical for understanding how the various nations of the world handled piracy issues before the year 1900.

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ProQuest History Vault
(The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century)

ProQuest History Vault is a database of archival collections documenting some of the most important and widely studied topics in 18th- through 20th-century American history. Collections include: NAACP Papers (See http://morris.law.yale.edu/search~S1?/ftlist^bib97%2C1%2C0%2C84/mode=2 for a complete listing of NAACP documents); The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century, Federal Government Record, Organizational Records and Personal Papers; Law and Society Since the Civil War: American Legal Manuscripts from the Harvard Law School Library.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive

A historical archive comprised of four collections: Part I. Debate over Slavery and Abolition, Part II. Slave Trade in the Atlantic World, Part III. Institution of Slavery, Part IV. Age of Emancipation.

State Papers Online

State Papers Online is a digital manuscript collection of 16th-, 17th-, and 18th- century British State Papers, linked to their fully text-searchable Calendars. The complete collection from 1509-1714 is comprised of four parts: Part I: The Tudors, Henry VIII to Elizabeth I, 1509-1603, State Papers Domestic; Part II: The Turdors, Henry VIII to Elizabeth I, 1509-1603, State Papers Foreign, Ireland, Scotland, Borders, and Acts of Privy Council; Part III: The Stuarts: James I to Anne, 1603-1714, State Papers Domestic; Part IV: The Stuarts: James to Anne, 1603-1714: State Papers Foreign, Ireland, and Registers of the Privy Council.

U.S. Intelligence on the Middle East, 1945-2009
(U.S. Intelligence on the Middle East)

This comprehensive document set sheds light on the U.S. intelligence community’s spying and analytic efforts in the Arab world, including the Middle East, the Near East, and North Africa. It covers the time period from the end of World War II to the present day, up until the 2002-2003 Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) assessments, the Global War on Terror, the Iraq War, and Iran’s nuclear program.

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