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Primary Sources for Student Research

Collections of Materials at CSULB and Local Universities

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Online Journals and Newspapers

Full text with illustrations of Harper’s Weekly from 1857-1865, searchable by keywords, by literary genre, by occupations and role in society, and browseable by date. Free trial offered.

Internet Library of Early Journals
A joint project of the Universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford to digitize substantial runs of 18th and 19th century journals.

Digitized backfiles of some 117 core scholarly journals many of which go back to the 1800s. Available through CSULB website.

Making of America
A collection of approximately 1,600 full-text books and 50,000 journal articles from the antebellum period through reconstruction.

Internet Library of Early Journals: Gentleman’s Magazine 1731-50, Notes & Queries 1849-69; The Builder 1843-52; Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine 1843-64, and more to come:

Penny Illustrated Paper

Godey’s magazine 1850

Penny Magazine