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Research: Primary Sources

Finding Primary Sources: Primary sources are the first hand evidence left behind by participants or observers at the time of events. Here you will find guidance in locating letters, diaries, photographs, drawings, posters, speeches or other media created by those who actually saw, heard, or experienced the event.

Home Access Available  American Antiquarian Society (AAS): provides digital access to a highly comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1691 and 1877. Subject areas covered in the collection reach into every facet of American life, including science, literature, health and medicine, agriculture, women's fashion, family life, religion, advertising, women's issues, the history of slavery, industry and professions, culture and the arts.

Coverage: 1691-1820 | 1821-1837 | 1838-1852 | 1853-1865 | 1866-1877
Web Link  American Memory: A digitized collection of materials that chronicle American historical events. These materials include recordings, images, maps, sheet music, and other records from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions.
Home Access Available  Ancient and Medieval History: provides thorough coverage of world history from prehistory through the mid-1500s, with special Topic Centers on key civilizations and regions, including the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome; ancient and medieval Africa, Asia, and the Americas; and medieval Europe and the Islamic World. Database includes event and topic entries, slideshows, primary sources, images, tablet/mobile-friendly videos, general and topic-specific timelines, biographies of key people, and original maps and charts.
Home Access Available  Cemetery Information: Cemetery maps and records about the deceased that are buried in Roselawn or Grandview cemeteries in Fort Collins.
Web Link  Chronicling America: A collection of selected historic newspaper pages representing the time period 1836-1922. Pages selected are from approximately half of the states in the United States, and document significant events in each of those state's history and geography.
Home Access Available  Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC): currently includes more than 500,000 digitized pages, representing 163 individual newspaper titles published in Colorado from 1859 to 1923. Due to copyright restrictions, CHNC does not generally include newspapers published after 1923.
Home Access Available  DemographicsNow (Demographics): Provides detailed U.S. demographic data, with reporting and mapping capabilities. Good for business, sociology, finance, marketing, public administration, political science research and for preparing a business plan, comparing macro and micro trends of a selected populations, comparing the demographics and market potential of any geography(ies) in the United States.
Home Access Available  Fort Collins Coloradoan: Complete full-text content of local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community. Paid advertisements are excluded. (1999 - current)
Home Access Available  Fort Collins History Connection: An online history and photograph database for Fort Collins and Larimer County.
Home Access Available  History Reference Center (EBSCO): History Reference Center (EBSCO): Comprehensive, full text history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges and undergraduate research. Features full text for more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers. Includes images, videorecordings and primary sources. Text-to-speech available in HTML format.
Home Access Available  Primary Sources (Gale Virtual Reference Library): A single search of this collection of electronic reference books will return primary source documents on many current controversial topics and on 20th century U.S. history. Text-to-speech available.
Library Access Only  Select Families of New Mexico: This genealogical database contains over 500,000 individuals mainly of Spanish and Native American heritage. It was compiled by Ladeane Miller. Due to licensing restrictions, this site is not available for at-home use.

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