North American History


General Research Resources (primary and secondary sources)


General Collections of Primary Sources


 General Resources: United States


General Resources: Canada


Newspaper and Periodical Collections


  • Columbia Center for Oral History
    One of the largest archives of recorded histories. Represented are interviews with prominent figures in government, history, human rights, media, medicine, philanthropy, public health, and science. Major collections include the American Civil Rights movements, women’s liberation and equality movements, anti-war movements, legal history, women in the visual arts, the Republican era in China, 1930s Argentina, and more. Most of the collection must be used onsite, but there are some oral histories available online.
  • In the First Person
    Index of approximately 4,000 collections of personal narratives in English from around the world. The database provides information for 4,300 audio and video files and 30,000 bibliographic records. The full-text of over 700,000 pages of individuals’ narratives are searchable by keyword. Collection can also be searched by place, date, documents, historical events, collections, or repositories.
  • American History in Video – collection of commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.





Suggested Liaison

United States and Canada – Rachel Bohlmann