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Databases with Primary Sources
African American Studies Center
A collection of scholarship focusing on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture.
HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive database of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s.
American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection
The American Antiquarian Society is the collection documenting the life of America's people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction, giving digital access a collection of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912. The historical periodicals collection contains digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals and provides rich content detailing American history and culture, including advertising, health, women's issues, science, the history of slavery, industry and professions, religious issues, culture and the arts, and more.
Primary Sources Books and E-Books
Primary sources can be found by search for items with the subjects: sources, diaries, narratives, memoirs, and autobiographies. Here are some sample searches in our online catalog. Results may be books, e-books, and videos. Use a keyword search and one of the primary source terms or browse through some of the links below. Expand your search to MOBIUS to request books from other libraries.
Hathi Trust Digital Library
HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. It includes web pages, books, audio, videos, and images.
Over 33,000 free e-books are available for download at Project Gutenberg. These are e-books published before the 20th century and are free because their U.S. copyrights have expired.
Community History Archive
The Daniel Boone Regional Library Community History Archive showcases unique local photographs and documents that help tell the story of Mid-Missouri’s past. This growing collection represents aspects of our towns, institutions, neighborhoods and people that might never see a wider audience without digitization.
State Historical Society of Missouri-Columbia
The State Historical Society of Missouri is the premier research center for the study of Missouri state and local history.