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HIST 101J: History of Incarceration in the U.S.: Primary Sources

This guide is intended for students in Professor Regina Kunzel's course and provides an overview of resources in the Yale Library for your research papers this semester.

Key web resources and databases

The following web resources and databases may be especially useful for finding primary sources for your research projects, but keep in mind primary sources can also be found in the book stacks, in archival collections at Yale and beyond, and in other online and database resources.

Freely available web resources:


Yale-licensed databases:


Additional databases that are licensed by the library can be found below ►

Newspapers and Periodicals

Digital Archives

Manuscript, print, oral history, and ephemera collections -- some of these collections include secondary and reference sources

Government Information and Legal Resources