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Electronic Resources at the Boston Athenӕum include databases which can contain reference works, newspapers, journals, books, and more. Beneath each of the resources, you can click "Additional Information" to see what each offers. 

Many databases contain full-text, but some only offer a citation to where the information may be found in print. In that case, you can search the online catalog Athena to see if the Athenӕum holds the material you seek. If not, you can make an interlibrary loan request

 

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19th Century Novels

British "triple-decker" novels (1800s-1890s) from the University of Illinois Library. Available in PDF and Kindle formats.

99.5 WGBH Classical New England

Free source for streaming classical music from 99.5 WGBH.

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All About Birds

Guide to birds and bird-watching from Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Art Bookshelf

From Project Gutenberg. Highlighting selected art books and books about artists, including practical methods and specialties, as well as general works on art and art history, plus visitor guides to art expos, galleries, and museums. Largely dating from the 19th century. Available in many formats, including PDF and Kindle.

Art Full Text

Full-text articles from hundreds of journals in the arts, from 1997-present. Abstracts also available from 1994; titles and authors can also be searched from 1984. The wide variety of subjects includes architecture, art education, craft, painting, and film.

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Biographies Bookshelf

A selection of biographies from Project Gutenberg's massive collection of free e-books, largely from the 19th century. Available in many formats, including PDF and Kindle.

Biography in Sound

A selection of programs from the NBC radio program Biography in Sound, originally aired from 1954-1958. Includes biographies of notables such as Winston Churchill, Gertrude Stein, Babe Ruth, and Sinclair Lewis. Available from the Internet Archive.

Blackpast

Online reference guide to African American history.

Boston Athenæum Directory of African Americans in Boston, 1820-1865​

The Boston Athenæum has assembled a list of names, addresses and occupations for approximately 5800 African-Americans who lived in Boston during the period from 1820 to 1865, the time at which the Emancipation Proclamation was issued.

Boston Athenæum Theater Collection

A guide to the theater programs and playbill collection at the Boston Athenæum. More than 90% of the material represented in the database consists of playbills or portions of playbills from about 45 Boston theaters. The bulk of the playbill collection dates from circa 1860 to 1900.

Boston Globe (Current)

Access to the Boston Globe from 1980-present, provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). Select full-text in a text-based format.

Boston Globe (Historical)

Coverage from 1872 to 1981 in searchable PDF format with page images.

Britannica

Explore the updated online encyclopedia from Encyclopædia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and web sites. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Complete Works

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714–1788), the second son of Johann Sebastian Bach, was one of the most influential and prolific composers of the eighteenth century. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works (CPEB:CW) is an editorial and publishing project of the Packard Humanities Institute, in cooperation with the Bach-Archiv Leipzig, the Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig, and Harvard University. Its goal is to make available, in both printed and digital formats, a critical edition of the composer’s works.

Charity Navigator

A nonprofit offering donors unbiased, quantifiable assessments of charities.

Chicago Manual of Style

A brief guide to citing resources according to the Chicago Manual of Style. Both notes/bibliography and author/date formats are covered.

China, America, and the Pacific: Trade & Cultural Exchange

Explore an extensive range of archival material connected to the trading and cultural relationships that emerged between China, America and the Pacific region between the 18th and early 20th centuries. Manuscript sources, rare printed texts, visual images, objects and maps document this fascinating history.

Chronicling America

Search a selection of America's historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.

Civil War Images from the Library of Congress

Explore the faces, places and events of the U.S. Civil War through photographs, prints and drawings.

Current Biography Illustrated

Biographies from the periodical Current Biography. Includes more than 15,000 biographies, 9,400 obituaries and 19,500 images.

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Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)

Attempts to improve discovery of open access, peer-reviewed books.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and many languages.

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Early Americas Digital Archive

A collection of electronic texts written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820.

Early English and Early Modern Books

Covers material from the British Isles and Europe for the period 1450-1700.

Encyclopædia Britannica

Explore the updated online encyclopedia from Encyclopædia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and web sites. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

English Short Title Catalogue

More than 460,000 items published between 1473 and 1800, published mainly in the British Isles and North America.

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First World War Poetry Digital Archive

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is an online repository of more than 7,000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research.

FirstSearch

A catalog of resources of most libraries in the English-speaking world.

Forvo

Largest pronunciation guide in the world.

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Galaxy of Design

Thousands of images representing a broad cross-section of the Libraries’ collections. Collections include Book Arts and Design, Initial Letters, book illustrations, and many other images from the Smithsonian Institution collections pertaining to the arts and sciences.

Gale Academic OneFile

Gale Academic OneFile connects learners to the information they’re looking for with tools that make discovery fast and easy. This premier periodical resource provides millions of articles from scholarly journals and other authoritative sources with extensive coverage in key subject areas, such as biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, environmental science, history, marketing, political science, and psychology. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale Academic OneFile Select

Gale Academic OneFile Select covers everything from art and literature to economics and the sciences. This resource for academic research integrates the full text of publications from across the disciplines and includes vocational/technical titles used by community college students. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale Business: Entrepreneurship

Search Gale Business: Entrepreneurship to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale General OneFile

Gale General OneFile provides access to an unprecedented number of general reference magazines and key serials in a single resource. This database is useful to users conducting general reference queries, business searches, and current event research. The addition of a browse-by-subject feature allows users to easily view content of interest on the most popular and most-searched topics within several distinct categories, including news, current events, health, and computers and technology. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale Health and Wellness

Gale Health and Wellness offers access to thousands of full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and more. Perfect for researchers at all levels, this comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices, and more. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale in Context: Biography

Gale In Context: Biography is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on the world's most influential people. Biography allows users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale in Context: Global Issues

Gale In Context: Global Issues offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, relevant sources for analysis of these issues. Rich multimedia - including podcasts, video, and interactive graphs - enhance each portal. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale in Context: Middle School

Gale In Context: Middle School combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale in Context: Science

Gale In Context: Science is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics. The solution merges Gale's authoritative and continuously updated reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale in Context: U.S. History

Gale In Context: U.S. History is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. U.S. History merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale in Context: World History

Gale In Context: World History is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History. World History merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale Literature Resource Center

Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Agriculture

Gale OneFile: Agriculture provides access to journals covering agriculture and its related fields. Researchers can access current and authoritative periodical content that spans the industry — from practical aspects of farming to cutting-edge scientific research in horticulture. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Business

Gale OneFile: Business contains full-text coverage of all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, and business theory and practice. Users will understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through leading business and trade publications, which are updated daily. Complementing these titles is a selection of international, U.S., and regional news publications. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Communications and Mass Media

Gale OneFile: Communications and Mass Media meets the needs of researchers with journal articles on all aspects of the communications field, including advertising, public relations, linguistics, and literature. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Criminal Justice

Gale OneFile: Criminal Justice informs the research process for researchers who are studying law, law enforcement, or terrorism; training for paralegal service; preparing for a career in homeland security; delving into forensic science; investigating crime scenes; developing policy; going to court; writing sociological reports; and much more. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Culinary Arts

Gale OneFile: Culinary Arts offers a variety of information from major cooking and nutrition magazines as well as book reference content from Delmar. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Diversity Studies

Gale OneFile: Diversity Studies prepares researchers for social science, history, and liberal arts coursework. This collection explores cultural differences, contributions, and influences in the global community. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Economics and Theory

Gale OneFile: Economics and Theory offers a strong emphasis on titles covered in the EconLit bibliographic index. This content is useful for starting a business, marketing a product, developing policy, analyzing trends, constructing economic models, investing for the future, researching rates, and more. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Educator's Reference Complete

Gale OneFile: Educator's Reference Complete is a great resource for a variety of educators — from teachers and administrators to those studying in the field at the collegiate and graduate level. It seeks to provide full text for titles in the ERIC database and covers multiple levels of education and every educational specialty, such as technology, bilingual education, health education, and testing, and provides insight on issues in administration, funding, and policy. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Environmental Studies and Policy

Gale OneFile: Environmental Studies and Policy answers inquiries about environmental concerns with coverage journals and reference content from Delmar and diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policymakers, and corporate interests. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Fine Arts

Gale OneFile: Fine Arts places millions of articles at the fingertips of serious students of drama, music, art history, and filmmaking. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Gardening and Horticulture

Gale OneFile: Gardening and Horticulture focuses on the practical aspects and the scientific theory of horticulture studies. Gardening and Horticulture offers biotechnologists, farmers, hobbyists, and landscape architects access to important content relevant to their pursuits. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Gender Studies

Gale OneFile: Gender Studies provides balanced coverage of this significant aspect of culture and society. This database includes topics related to gender studies, family and marital issues, and more. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine

Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine includes information created specifically for students, knowledgeable consumer health researchers, and health care professionals. This database is the perfect resource for up-to-date information on a complete range of healthcare topics. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: High School Edition

Gale OneFile: High School Edition provides access to age-appropriate, authoritative digital content for middle- and high-school students to use for classroom assignments. Learners can research magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference books covering a range of subjects—from science, history, and literature to political science, sports, and environmental studies. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Home Improvement

Gale OneFile: Home Improvement places the research of hobbyists and professionals on a solid foundation with articles from more than 200 home improvement-focused titles. Home Improvement covers topics such as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and more. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Hospitality and Tourism

Gale OneFile: Hospitality and Tourism provides access to topics including the cultural and economic aspects of travel and tourism. Hospitality and Tourism offers current and relevant content on both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism industries. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Information Science

Gale OneFile: Information Science contains valuable content for library science students, information science students, technology professionals, and others. Information Science is updated daily with articles covering all aspects of managing and maintaining information and technology, including usability, cataloging, circulation, business information, and more. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Insurance and Liability

Gale OneFile: Insurance and Liability addresses concerns over the protection of assets, physical or intellectual, ranging from the individual property owner to multinational corporations. Insurance and Liability connects researchers to hundreds of thousands of updated articles from leading journals. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Military and Intelligence

Gale OneFile: Military and Intelligence contains scholarly journals, magazines, and reports covering all aspects of past and present military affairs. Updated daily, content supports key subject areas, such as governmental policies, the socioeconomic effects of war, the structure of the armed forces, and more. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: News

Gale OneFile: News allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, author, newspaper section, or other fields. News provides access to major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers as well as leading titles from around the world. News also includes thousands of images, radio, and TV broadcasts, and transcripts. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Nursing and Allied Health

Gale OneFile: Nursing and Allied Health includes full-text titles cited in CINAHL to support specialized care, treatment, and patient management. Nursing and Allied Health helps nursing professionals working in the field as well as students studying a nursing-focused curriculum. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine

Gale OneFile: Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine covers the fields of physical therapy, physical fitness, and sports medicine. Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine offers a wide spectrum of information, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research, and more. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Pop Culture Studies

Gale OneFile: Pop Culture Studies analyzes and contributes to popular culture by offering useful information for researchers in social science, history, art, and liberal arts courses. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Popular Magazines

Gale OneFile: Popular Magazines includes the most searched magazines focusing on current events, sports, science and health issues. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Psychology

Gale OneFile: Psychology supports research in all fields of psychology: abnormal, biological, cognitive, comparative, developmental, personality, quantitative, social, and all areas of applied psychology. Researchers, psychologists, counselors, and behavioral scientists will discover relevant information from the thoughts, views, discoveries, and reports found in this comprehensive collection. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Religion and Philosophy

Gale OneFile: Religion and Philosophy covers topics of philosophies and religions in one comprehensive collection. Researchers will gain valuable insight about the impact religion has had on culture throughout history, including literature, arts, and language. Updated daily, Religion and Philosophy supports a broad range of topics from theological approaches to social issues. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: Vocations and Careers

Gale OneFile: Vocations and Careers aids users in researching a vocation, finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career. Vocations and Careers offers hundreds of current and applicable periodicals ranging from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gale OneFile: War and Terrorism

Gale OneFile: War and Terrorism contains millions of articles to help researchers gain valuable insight into conflicts and their causes, impact, and perception on a global scale. This definitive collection is intended for analysts, risk management professionals, and students of military science, history, and social science. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Guide to the War of 1812

A guide to the digital collections of the Library of Congress containing material associated with the War of 1812.

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Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930

A web-based collection of historical materials from Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the United States from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression.

Internet Library of Early Journals (ILEJ)

A joint project undertaken by the universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, and Oxford to digitize substantial runs of 18th and 19th century British periodicals. The titles available include Annual Register, Gentleman’s Magazine, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, The Builder, Notes and Queries.

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JSTOR

Full-text scholarly articles in the humanities and other disciplines.

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Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits is the perfect educational product for today's young learners. It's a content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use resource featuring age-appropriate content covering a broad range of educational topics. It features a modern, graphical interface, great new content from trusted sources, more intuitive navigation, improved resources, and much more. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

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LexisNexis/Nexis Uni

Access over 9,500 news, business, and legal sources.

Library Literature and Information Science Full Text

Full-text articles from more than 300 journals in the library sciences, from 1994-present. Abstracts also available from 1984.

Librivox

Free public domain audiobooks.

Loeb Classical Library

Classics of Latin and Greek with English translations available in full text, allowing readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content with ease.

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Making of America: Books

Digitized books from collections at Cornell University and the University of Michigan. Find primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.

Making of America: Journals

Cornell University and the University of Michigan digitized 22 and 13 nineteenth-century journals, respectively. These include magazines of general interest, such as Atlantic Monthly and Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, as well as titles catering to more specific audiences, such as Journal of the United States Association of Charcoal Iron Workers.

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NewspaperCat

Searchable collection of links to full-text, historical U.S. newspapers.

New York Times (Current)

Search the full text of The New York Times (starting in 1985) via Gale OneFile. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

New York Times (Historical)

Coverage from 1851 to 2013 in searchable, PDF format with page images.

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OED Online

Definitions, etymologies, etc.

Old Maps Online

Searchable digitized historic maps from library collections around the world.

Open Library

Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published. Books that are freely available for reading or download will have an open book "read" icon next to them; however, this is a long-term project, and only a small number of books are available in e-format.

Oxford Art Online

A collection of scholarly art encyclopedias and dictionaries from Oxford. Includes 45,000 articles on every aspect of the visual arts, and more than 6,000 images from Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.

Oxford Music Online

Oxford Music Online is the access point for Grove Music Online™ and other Oxford music reference resources including the Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Companion to Music.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Biographies of “the people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond.”

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Pandora

Source for multi-genre streaming music.

Periodicals Bookshelf

From Project Gutenberg. A selection of periodicals dating from the 19th century. Available in many formats, including PDF and Kindle.

Perseus Digital Library

The flagship collection covers the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world.

Project MUSE

Provides full-text access to current content from nearly 500 scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

The OWL is an up-to-date reference for APA and MLA formatting and style guides, as well as other research and business writing tips.

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Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)

An interactive, integrated system applying established national standards to manage, describe, and provide access to research resources held primarily by the Institution's libraries, archives, and research units in support of the Institution's mission.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Entries written and updated by experts.

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Texts from the Library of Congress

Approximately 80,000 public domain works, with a major focus on at-risk brittle books and U.S. history volumes.

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UbuWeb

UbuWeb was founded in 1996, initially as a repository for visual, concrete and sound poetry, but now has embraced all forms of the avant-garde with a view to expand. UbuWeb functions as a distribution center for hard-to-find, out-of-print and obscure materials, transferred digitally to the web. All work is done solely on a volunteer basis.

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William Blake Archive

The Blake Archive has been, since 1996, an international public resource providing unified access to major works of visual and literary art that are highly disparate, widely dispersed, and more and more often severely restricted as a result of their value, rarity, and extreme fragility. A growing number of contributors have given the Archive permission to include thousands of Blake's images and texts without fees.

Women Working, 1800-1930

A digital exploration of women’s impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression.

WorldCat Discovery

A catalog of resources of most libraries in the English-speaking world.

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