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AMST 191: The Formation of Modern American Culture, 1920 to the Present: Primary Sources: Databases and Archives

This research guide is intended to assist students in their research projects for the course The Formation of Modern American Culture, taught by Professor Tavia Nyong'o during Spring term 2023 at Yale University.

Newspapers and Magazine Databases

Broadcast and Film:

Digitized archival collections

Here are just a few examples of some of the primary source databases containing digitized manuscript collections that are available through Yale Library:

Archives at Yale

You can search our database of archival finding aids, Archives at Yale, for archival materials that are located in one of the special collections repositories on campus. The following information will also be helpful:

Finding Archives Beyond Yale

Archive Grid contains records for finding aids from over 1000 archival institutions. Start here when you are seeking to discover if there are any relevant archival collections for your research beyond Yale. The "Summary View" option is a good way to filter your search results after running a search. This is an open access resource/no login required.

Freely available web resources

Don’t forget that archives and libraries around the world have been digitizing primary sources for two decades. Here are a few selected examples of these resources: