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Primary Sources


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databasesLibrary databases are online collections of information, organized for research. Databases contain articles, eBooks, images, maps, primary sources and more. Start your research with these general databases, available from any Denver Public Library or from home with a Denver Public Library Card

Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 provides indexing of over three million articles from more than 550 leading magazines including full coverage of the original print volumes of Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature. This resource offers researchers access to information about history, culture and seminal developments across nearly a century.

New York Times Historical Backfile on ProQuest Contains full-text and images in PDF format of the New York Times from 1851 to three years before current year.

Other Online Resources

Denver Public Library and Primary Resources Databases, books and more. 

National Archives Docs Teach Thousands of primary source documents from the National Archives: written documents, images, maps, charts, graphs, audio and video.

Chronicling America Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1924 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. 

EuroDocs Western European primary historical documents.

History: Latin America A research guide to primary and secondary sources for Latin American history.

American Rhetoric American speeches (both recorded and text).

Ad Access American and Canadian advertisements from 1911-1955.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Clothing and costumes searchable by time period and geographical location.