Archive of Americana:** Use This database to cross-search the databases listed below. To search the databases individually, click on the hyper linked titles. Archive of Americana is a family of historical collections containing books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government documents and ephemera printed in America over three centuries.
America's Historical Imprints:** Searchable monographs, pamphlets, broadsides, government documents and ephemera enable researchers to explore America's distant and not so distant past. Available here: American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series I; Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800; Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819.
America's Historical Newspapers, 1690-1922:** This databases requires a BPL card #. Searchable American newspapers enable users to explore America's past. Available here: Early American Newspapers, Series 1, 1690-1876; Series 1 (2009 ETC); Series 2, 1758-1900; Series 2 (2009 ETC); Series 3, 1829-1922 and Series 3 (2009 ETC).
American State Papers:** This databases requires a BPL card #. Legislative and executive documents, many originating from the important period between 1789 and the beginning of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set in 1817.
This Daily News Tribune: This database covers the Waltham News Tribune dating back to 2001, as well as several other town and regional newspapers such as The Metrowest Daily News and The Boston Herald. Issues of The Waltham Tribune earlier than 2001 are on microfilm at the Waltham Public Library.
Historical Newspapers: Boston Globe and The New York Times: Search through copies of The New York Times rom the 1850's through 2008 and copies of The Boston Globe from the 1870's through 1979. Read about the Boston Molasses Flood after it happened. Read a New York perspective about the 2004 ALCS. You can even search paid death notices from those eras.
Websites with Primary Sources
Gilderman Lehrman Institute of American History: Provides and overview of American history by era with corresponding primary sources and essays by leading scholars. To access all of the site's resources, create a free student account OR log in using the info below:
Password: Ask your library teacher: Waltham1.
Internet Modern History Sourcebook: A collection of primary and secondary sources from modern European history and American history, as well as in modern Western Civilization and World Cultures.
National History Day Primary Sources: Contains links to collections of primary sources on the web. Topics include, women's history, African American history, Native American history, Colonial History, the Civil War, etc.
American Rhetoric: "Database of and index to 5000+ full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two."
Robert G. Vincent Voice Library: A collection of over 40,000 hours of spoken word recordings, dating back to 1888. Includes the voices of over 100,000 persons from all walks of life. Political and cultural leaders and minor players in the human drama are captured and cataloged to serve the research needs of a local, national and international user base.
**These databases require a BPL library card number. Visit Your Library 24/7 for the WHS Library's BPL number.