The Yale Finding Aid Database searches the full text of finding aids for archival materials at Yale University. Finding aids are guides that provide information about the creation, historical context, arrangement, and content of collections as well as the information necessary for users to identify and request items relevant to their research.
A seminal reference source which includes reliable biographical information on a number of individuals. One of the key strengths of this database is that its entries often contain bibliographies that point to key secondary works and primary source collections.
A large collection of digitized archival collections on a number of subjects (LBGT studies, Cold War History, African American History) from various archives of note, including the U.S. National Archives, the British Library, and several private collections
One of our premier databases, Historical Newspapers Complete contains large runs of major U.S. newspapers including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. Tip: choose "more search options" to limit searches to specific newspaper sections.
The complete published collections of major Founding Fathers in a single, fully searchable database. Contains the papers of George Washington, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Dolley Madison.
This database contains a large collection of primary sources, including original images of U.S. census records, slave schedules, and immigration passenger lists from New York, Philadelphia, and Boston for the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
One of the best sources for U.S. government documents. Contains the Congressional Record and numerous hearings, reports and other documents from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Tip: limit searches to individual Congresses to narrow searches. Also, choose advanced search to select different parts of the database, such as the large map collection (Serial Set Maps).
This database includes digitized images of the pages of many American magazines and journals published from 1740 to 1900. Titles range from Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine and America's first scientific journal, Medical Repository; popular magazines such as Vanity Fair and Ladies' Home Journal; regional and niche publications; and groundbreaking journals like The Dial, Puck, and McClure's.
Links to millions of US patents and patent applications from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, dating back to the eighteenth century and including patents as recent as the last few months. The google interface makes this rich collection readily searchable.
Ambitious digital archive of 19th century archival material, with a strong focus on the relationship between Britain, the United States, and Asia; as well as substantial collections from England, with particular focus on theater and music.
More than 170 wide-ranging periodicals by and about African Americans. Published in 26 states, the publications include academic and political journals, commercial magazines, institutional newsletters, organizations' bulletins, annual reports and other genres.
Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin are famous for founding the Daughters of Bilitis in 1955, one of the most important early lesbian organizations. Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin: Beyond the Daughters of Bilitis documents many decades of Phyllis Lyon & Del Martin’s work for, and leadership of, the LGBT movement and the women’s rights movement in both in San Francisco and nationally.
During World War I, Indian nationalists used Great Britain’s preoccupation with the European war to attempt to foment revolution in India to overthrow British rule. Indian nationalists in the U.S. were active in the independence movement, and this digital collection documents Justice Department and U.S. Attorney records on these activities.