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HIST 154J: Neighbo(u)ring Democracies: Representative Politics in the United States and Canada, 1607-Present: Selected Primary Source Databases

This guide is intended for students in Dr. Brendan Shanahan's course and provides an overview of key resources in the Yale Library for your research papers this semester.

Note on primary source databases

Please note: The databases here often contain a large amount of material, and are frequently made up of multiple collections. When getting started, take a few minutes to browse the contents of the database and read the collection descriptions in order to get a better sense of the materials that are available, and if you don't find what you're looking for after 10 or 15 minutes, ask a librarian -- we're here to help!

Newspapers and Periodicals

Primary Source Databases

Manuscript, print, oral history, and ephemera collections | Some of these collections include secondary and reference sources

Government Information and Legal Resources

La Presse and Le Devoir

Many historical materials, including newspapers, remain accessible only on microfilm, and this is true for the earlier years of La Presse and Le Devoir:

La Presse (1884-1999) on microfilm

Le Devoir (1910-2013) on microfilm 

Microfilm and other micro-photographic technologies became popular for preserving historical materials in the middle of the 20th c., and remain in use today. To access these materials, write to and include the call number or link to the catalog record and any specific notes on which reels you would like to consult (e.g., reel numbers, years of publication). Library staff will retrieve the reels and place them on hold for you in Bass Library, where staff will also be available to assist you with using the microform readers that are currently located there.