History

Research Databases

World History (Gale in Context): Provides scholarly material, maps and topic pages that cover the most-studied events, periods, cultures, civilizations, religions, conflicts, wars, ideologies, cultural movements, and people.

CultureGrams: Explore cultures from around the world, through summaries, interviews, videos, slideshows, photos, maps, recipes, graphs, tables. Access National Geographic maps.

ProQuest “History”: This resource includes publications on history covering topics such as: Civilizations, Historical studies, Military history, Periods & events, US history, World history.

Primary Sources

DPLA: Primary Source Sets
Explore topics in history, literature, and culture.

Washington History Online

Reference Tools

Search these resources for background information

FilmsOnDemand: History Thousands of documentary films exploring many aspects of history.

Credo Topics: History

Legacy Washington documents extraordinary stories in Washington history. Collections include:

  • Stories -“Extraordinary people, compelling stories… “
  • LegacyMakers: Biographical database includes Washingtonians who have served in public office and activist roles.
  • Classics in Washington History – free eBooks on the history of Washington and the Pacific Northwest: “brings together rare, out of print titles for easy access by students, teachers, genealogists and historians. Visit Washington’s early years through the lives of the men and women who lived and worked in Washington Territory and State.”
  • More Online Exhibits

Washington Rural Heritage Digitized primary sources documenting the early culture, industry, and community life of Washington State.

WA state seal

Encyclopedia of Washington State History Full Text. HistoryLink.org. Over 6,000 essays touching on all aspects of the State’s history. Most essays include images; some have audio and video exhibits.

 Historic Newspapers in Washington Full Text. Scans of early newspapers printed in Washington State. From the Washington State Library.

Primarily Washington. Washington’s gateway to Pacific Northwest primary source materials.

Whatcom County Collections

The Nesset Family Farm Collection tells the story of Norwegian immigrant homesteaders who settled on the South Fork Nooksack River in 1902 and for decades worked tirelessly to coax a living from the land, raise five children, and run a small dairy. Family members documented the many pleasures of settler life in the South Fork, including hiking and skiing on Mount Baker, and fishing on the Nooksack River.

Oral History Projects

Learn about the perspectives of individuals who might not otherwise appear in the historical record.

Using oral histories as a primary source can be tricky because they provide a personal angle on history.  Oral histories can often give voice to the common person; however, oral histories are subjective and individualistic, and memory is fallible.

Explore History Online

Collections of historical materials both national and international.

click to expand

PBS logo

PBS: American Experience Complete episodes of select films from the acclaimed PBS documentary series. The series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present.

American Presidency Project An archive of 87,000 documents relating to the study of the presidency.

Civil Rights Digital Library (Digital Library of Georgia) Primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale related to the civil rights movement.

Global Middle Ages See the world whole, c. 500 to 1500 CE, read the stories of lives, objects, and actions in dynamic relationship that change across deep time.

Google Cultural Institute Mission is to help “preserve and promote culture online.” A visual snapshot of select historical events.

Early Americas Digital Archive (University of Maryland) Digitized texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820.

EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History Selected transcripts, facsimiles, and translations. Political, economic, social and cultural aspects are included.

The Holocaust In depth information about the Holocaust, with various forms of Holocaust-era documentation (letters and diaries), in English. Repository for a collection of testimonies from Holocaust survivors. Includes a database of Shoah victims searchable by name, geography, or chronology.

Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930 (Harvard University) Historical materials from Harvard’s libraries, archives, and museums that document voluntary immigration to the United States from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression.

Library of Congress Digital Collections View maps and photos; read letters, diaries,and newspapers; hear personal accounts of events; listen to sound recordings; and watch historic films.

Making of America Collection (Cornell University) Digitized primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through Reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. Access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts.

Victorian Web Concentrates on British literature, history, and culture during the age of Victoria, and includes relevant material related to both earlier and later periods. It also includes comparative materials from countries outside the United Kingdom.

A Guide to Vietnam War Resources Government documents, oral histories, antiwar movements.

World War I Document Archive Primary documents concerning the Great War.