UC Berkeley Library of California consists of multiple libraries including:

There are multiple ways to search libraries:

OskiCat is the catalog for most of the UC Berkeley libraries

  • Find books and other items in most libraries at UC Berkeley.
    What’s included?
  • Search keywords (including author’s name, title, subjects, etc.)
  • Limit by library location, date, language, publication format, etc.
  • See only items that are available.
  • Find materials on reserve, by course or instructor.
  • View status of individual volumes and journal issues.
  • Follow links to the full text of some items.

Melvyl lets you search for items at UC Berkeley as well as other UC campuses.

  • Find books and other items in over 10,000 libraries, including most items in the UC campus libraries.
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  • Find UC books digitized by Google and materials from the Online Archive of California, UC eScholarship, and UC Press.
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Certain words and phrases will locate primary sources in library catalogs. The best results will be retrieved by searching for these as keywords in the subject field, most easily done in the Advanced Keyword Search tab of OskiCat:

-correspondence
-sources
-diaries
-personal narratives
-interviews
-speeches
-documents
-archives
-early works to 1800
-newspapers
-quotations
-pictorial works
-statistics
-caricatures and cartoons
-facsimiles
-pamphlets
-photographs
-songs and music
-treaties

For specific search strategies, see the Library’s guide to Finding Historical Primary Sources.

Your searches will be more successful if, in your preliminary research, you identify specific:

  • names of relevant individuals and organizations
  • dates of events
  • places
  • what terminology was used at the time by participants and observers? (ex:  negro or colored instead of african american)

[su_heading size=”24″]Online Collections[/su_heading]

 

A few collections of interest for genealogy and family history research include:

Over the decades, we have conducted 4,000 interviews on almost every topic imaginable.

 

Maps

This is a project to provide Web access to the historic topographic quadrangles produced by the U.S. Geological Survey between 1895 and the present. Selected editions for maps covering the greater San Francisco Bay Area are currently available.

This websource provides access to a growing collection of digitized historical documents, images and materials, along with past and current analysis on the history of the University of California.

The Japanese Historical Map Collection contains about 2,300 early maps of Japan and the World. The collection was acquired by the University of California from the Mitsui family in 1949, and is housed on the Berkeley campus in the C.V. Starr East Asian Library.

The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Digital Collection is a compilation of selected holdings from collections housed in the archives and special collections of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley; the California Historical Society, San Francisco; The California State Library, Sacramento; Stanford University Libraries—Special Collections & Archives, Stanford University, Stanford; The Huntington Library, San Marino; and The Society of California Pioneers, San Francisco. Presenting approximately 14,000 images and 7,000 pages of text, the digital collection makes accessible material related to the history of the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco, as well as presenting material on other areas affected throughout the state. The project website for The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Digital Collection includes a full introduction to the collection, an online exhibit, 360 degree panorama of the city, an interactive map, and search and browse capabilities.

 

Newspapers

The Library has acquired the digital archive of Rafu Shimpothe longest running Japanese American newspaper in the United States. The paper began in 1903 supporting the small but growing Japanese community in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles, California. By the 1940s it was the most widely circulated paper in the region and included a weekly English section for second generation Japanese Americans. The paper was forced to cease publication and its publisher was imprisoned by the government during World War II, but was revived in 1946. The resource contains all obtainable issues from 1914 through 2018.

A searchable collection of digitized periodicals devoted to LGBT+ interests. A work in progress, the resource will include 26 U.S. and U.K. titles, covering the 1950s through to recent years. Currently there are 11 titles available. Due to the rarity of some original print volumes, there are small gaps in the runs of some publications.

California Digital Newspaper Collection

California Newspaper Project

Chronicling America

Google Newspapers

Historical U.S. Newspapers online 

Historical International Newspapers online 

Online Historical Newspapers

  • Newspaper Indexes – In the absence of newspapers in digital  format, an index can be extremely helpful in finding articles within a newspaper.  However, most newspapers do not have indexes, unless it’s a major newspaper.  Listed below are links to indexes in the News/Micro Library and links to online access if available.
  • ABYZ News Links This link opens in a new window – Database is primarily composed of links to online newspapers, but also includes many broadcast stations, internet services, magazines, and press agencies.

Manuscripts – The Robbins Collection ranks among the very best research libraries in the world in the fields of religious and civil law. Our holdings support the development of research activities, and we acquire books, manuscripts, incunables, microfilms, and periodicals on an ongoing basis.

  • Robbins Collection documents and manuscripts that have been digitized for the Digital Scriptorium.
  • Interactive Manuscript Portal: The Robbins Collection recently collaborated with Berkeley School of Information graduate student, Jordan Shedlock, to create an original website that allows users to explore manuscript data from our Collection. The portal gives visitors access to detailed manuscript information including chronology, watermarks, authors, languages, subjects, and more, without having to physically access the Robbins Collection Reading Room. The portal encourages students and scholars to explore manuscript data through a vast network of links that show historical connections through lists, graphs, and interactive charts. Please note, not all Robbins Collection manuscripts have been inputed into this new website.

Photos

Look for collections with an open lock next to the database.

Pictorial Collection – The Bancroft Library has the second largest pictorial collection at a research institution in the nation. Its Pictorial Collection of 9.2 million items is surpassed in size only by that of the Library of Congress. Consisting primarily of photographic negatives and prints, the Bancroft collection also includes paintings, prints, drawings, posters, and advertising memorabilia.

 

UCLA curated collections from other websites

Some of these are off-site collections:

  • Free or open access
Images and information for advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines. Concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II.
  • Free or open access

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Open source and community-led digital archive for Africa-based research
  • Free or open access
Full-text articles published in Africa from over 200 journals in the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities.
  • Free or open access
A collection of e-books from the Leiden University’s African Studies Collection. (ASC Publications)
  • Free or open access
Data from the US Decennial Census, the American Community Survey, the Economic Census, and more. (American Fact Finder)
American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library This link opens in a new window – Primary source and archival materials covering topics such as art and architecture, performing arts, technology and applied sciences.
  • Free or open access

Search thousands of documents related to historical and current U.S. presidencies, such as speeches, official papers, executive orders, proclamations, news conferences, and press briefings.

  • Free or open access
Lists significant architectural archives in the U.S.
  • Free or open access
Collection of primary source documentation on American visual arts.
  • Free or open access
Spanish dictionary, includes grammatical categories.
  • Free or open access
Thousands of fully searchable texts in an array of databases (many freely accessible, others restricted to UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff). Contents range from classic works of French literature to non-fiction prose and technical writing from the 12th to the 20th centuries, including a collection of Provencal poetry and a database of Old and Middle French. Subjects covered are literature, literary criticism, biology, history, economics, and philosophy. Also includes historic and historical French dictionaries and other reference tools, and a complete on-line version of the first edition of Diderot and d’Alembert’s Encyclopedie.
  • Free or open access
American and international surveys and data on religion. Includes data on religious adherents, religious freedoms, demographics, and other social measures as well as statistics on religious attitudes, behaviors, affiliations/identification. (ARDA – American Religion Data Archive)
  • Free or open access
Old and Middle French texts. [9th – 15th C]
  • Free or open access
Index of over 25,000 scholarly works in all academic disciplines and in all western European languages on slavery and slaving throughout the world. [1900 – present]
  • Free or open access
A comprehensive bibliography of approximately 90% of books printed in the Hebrew Language between 1470 and 1960.
Biblioteca Digital Mexicana This link opens in a new window
  • Free or open access

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The Biblioteca Digital Mexicana is a multi-institutional initiative to create a digital collection of historical documents from Mexico from 500 A.D. to 1949.
  • Free or open access
Access to several large digital collections, including Classic Spanish Works.
  • Free or open access
Collection of historical Spanish-language newspapers. (Virtual Library of Historical Newspapers) [1777 – 1960s]
  • Free or open access
Large collection of digitized books, and more. (Cervantes Virtual)
  • Free or open access
A collection of historical books (late 15th through the early 19th century) on architecture and garden design made freely available by the University Library of Heidelberg. Includes rare editions from Italy, France, Germany and other European countries.
  • Free or open access
Feature more than 50,000 images that reflect the range of the British Museum’s collections.
British Pathe This link opens in a new window – Items from the British Pathe Film Archive which covers news, sport, social history and entertainment. [1896-1970]
  • Free or open access
Time series data for US national and state income accounts as well as international trade and investment.
  • Free or open access
The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the US Department of Labor produces some of the nation’s most widely followed measures of the economy, including the latest numbers for the Consumer Price Index, unemployment rate, and the Producer Price.
  • Free or open access
Database of California ballot measures from 1911 to the present.
  • Free or open access
Find facts (API reports, enrollments, etc.) about California schools and districts.
  • Free or open access
Users will need to create a free account in order to download PDFs. Contains significant historical California newspapers published from 1846-1922. [1849 – 1911]
  • Free or open access
Search for 19th century California sheet music by the title of the work, the composer, arranger, or publisher’s name.
  • Free or open access
Search California law and the state constitution.
  • Free or open access
Digitized images including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts that reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history.
  • Free or open access

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Over 1,200 images, maps and texts from the 18th and 19th centuries reveal contrasting experiences of life in the former British colonies.
  • Free or open access
Covers topics both religious and secular, from a Catholic perspective.
  • Free or open access
Newspapers, journals, documents, archives from a global network of sources. (CRL – Global Resources Network)
Calisphere This link opens in a new window – Digitized images including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts that reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history.
Chronicling America This link opens in a new window – Search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published from 1690-present.
  • Free or open access
Online factual information, including maps, on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for hundreds of world entities.
  • Free or open access
A collection of over 12,000 digitized images of buildings and cities drawn from across time and throughout the world.
  • Free or open access
Documents from the Universidad Complutense Madrid.
  • Free or open access
Datasets from 12 social science data archives across Europe
Core Documents of U.S. Democracy This link opens in a new window – Access to a core group of current and historical government publications.
  • Free or open access
Provides information on individual counties and cities (with population of 25,000 or more) in the United States, including these topical areas: age, agriculture, births, climate, crime, death, employment, housing, poverty, race, and more.
  • Free or open access
Focus on rare 18th and 19th century North and South American cartographic history materials. Includes historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa. (Luna Insight)
  • Free or open access
Includes Spanish-English, Spanish-French, Spanish-Italian dictionaries.
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) This link opens in a new window – Brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.
Digital Scriptorium This link opens in a new window – Images of medieval and renaissance manuscripts.
  • Free or open access
Full-text of primary and some secondary resources from books and journals to photographs, pamphlets, oral histories and correspondences for researching South African history, politics, and society.
  • Free or open access
Alternative Name(s) & Keywords: Electronic Library of Historical Documents, Электронная библиотека исторических документов
The online library currently provides public access to 27,000 important historical documents covering the Russian revolution and early Soviet period.
Discovering American Women’s History Online This link opens in a new window – Access to digital collections of primary sources that document the history of women in the United States. [17th century – present]
  • Free or open access
A collection of various aspects of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the United States. [1969 – 1974]
  • Free or open access
Convenient access to commonly-used data sets from many governmental agencies. Allows selection of variables and generation of customized tables in GIF or PDF form, and in some cases, as an Excel file.
Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920 This link opens in a new window – Advertising items and publications illustrating the rise of consumer culture and the birth of a professionalized advertising industry in the United States.
  • Free or open access
Collection of tens of thousands of documents (including books, newspaper articles and third party accounts, essays and pamphlets, and speeches) by and about Emma Goldman. [1910 – 1940]
  • Free or open access
Alternative Name(s) & Keywords: EOL
The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is an online collaborative encyclopedia intended to document all of the 1.9 million living species known to science. It is compiled from databases and from contributions by experts and non-experts throughout the world.
  • Free or open access
Articles on all aspects of world history and culture with an emphasis on France.
  • Free or open access
A database of language endangerment levels with references to collections and recordings of oral literature that exist in archives around the world.
  • Free or open access
Legal documents of the European Union
  • Free or open access
Holdings, maps, photographs and more from 48 national libraries in Europe.
  • Free or open access
Digital objects from European institutions.
  • Free or open access
Index of journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages. [1992 – present]
  • Free or open access
Bibliotheque Nationale de France’s digital library.
  • Free or open access
A collection of judgments, decisions, orders and other relevant documents from international criminal courts and tribunals that have been coded and made readily searchable for issues relating to sexual and gender-based violence.
  • Free or open access
Geospatial data in both vector and raster formats including scanned maps.
  • Free or open access
Contains searchable information for physical, cultural and geographic features in the United States.
  • Free or open access
Free access to an online repository of 250 Getty publications dating from 1966.
  • Free or open access
Search and preview millions of books and journals digitized from library collections such as UC Berkeley. Titles out of copyright are available in full.
  • Free or open access
Full text collection of millions of U.S. patents.
Search across many disciplines and sources including articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
  • Free or open access
Covers all types of U.S. government documents. (Catalog of US Government Publications – GPO Monthly Catalog)
  • Free or open access
Online journal focusing on critcal essays on the life and work of notable international film directors.
  • Free or open access
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A digital repository providing long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives. (Hathi Trust)
  • Free or open access

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This database includes fully searchable newspapers and periodicals from Spain and Latin America, spanning the 17th to 20th centuries.
Images from the History of Medicine This link opens in a new window – Access to tens of thousands of images in the collections of the History of Medicine Division (HMD) of the U.S National Library of Medicine (NLM). The collection includes portraits, photographs, caricatures, genre scenes, posters, and graphic art.
  • Free or open access
A list of books translated in the world, i.e. an international bibliography of translations.
  • Free or open access
A list of books translated in the world, i.e. an international bibliography of translations.
  • Free or open access
The most comprehensive source of information about significant newspaper collections in print, digital, and micro formats. [1649-present]
Online scholarly directory of films and filmmakers, including legendary films, actors and actresses, directors, writers and other production artists.
  • Free or open access
An online archive of “ephemeral films,” including films produced by and for many hundreds of important US corporations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, community and interest groups, and educational institutions.
Full-text of books and other tests available, mostly published before 1923 and in the public domain, from a variety of Libraries.
  • Free or open access
Provides access selected excerpts of Medieval Studies. Also includes medieval sources and a section on ancient, medieval and Byzantine hagiographical sources.
  • Free or open access
Monolingual and bilingual dictionaries for Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
  • Free or open access
Basic texts focusing on Iberian history from the 5th to the 17th century.
  • Free or open access
Alternative Name(s) & Keywords: E-books of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) is an important university in Mexico. Their Open Access e-books portal provides access to the full-text e-books in various subject areas.
  • Free or open access
An archive of historic and current political advertisements from television and the internet. Most clips include transcripts.
  • Free or open access
Works of Catalan authors.
  • Free or open access
The Los Primeros Libros de las Américas: Impresos Mexicanos del Siglo XVI en las Bibliotecas del Mundo project is building a digital collection of the first books printed in Mexico before 1601
  • Free or open access
Online edition of Lugt’s Repertoire des Catalogues de Ventes Publiques, fN8650.L8, v.1-4, (Art History/Classics Library), listing over 60,000 art sales catalogues dated 1600-1900 from libraries in Europe and the US. The catalogues provide information on the provenance of art objects, the history of collecting, and historical market trends. Numerous catalogues have been added to the original work and corrections made. Searchable by Lugt number, date, place, provenance, and auction house.
  • UCB access only
  • Free or open access
LusOpenEdition is the Portuguese interface for OpenEdition which is an interdisciplinary humanities and social sciences open access portal with four complementary platforms: OpenEdition Books, OpenEdition Journals, Calenda, and Hypotheses.
  • Free or open access
Primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. (MOA)
Making of America (University of Michigan) This link opens in a new window – A thematically-related digital library documenting American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction located at the University of Michigan. (MOA) [19th century]
  • Free or open access
A digital library about Marxism and things related to it. Includes texts and biographical information on Marxist writers; historical documents on the revolutionary working class; a special subject archive that includes documents on Marxism in art.
  • Free or open access
Digitized public domain media periodicals and online access to the histories of cinema, broadcasting, and recorded sound. [1905-1973]
  • Free or open access
Find books and articles from the UC campus libraries and worldwide.
  • Free or open access
A freely-available dictionary of modern Portuguese.
  • Free or open access
Provides access to three Middle English electronic resources: Middle English Dictionary, Bibliography of Middle English Prose and Verse, and the Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse.
  • Free or open access
Economic statistics for most of the countries and areas of the world.
  • Free or open access
An image archive of treasures at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan. The collection includes paintings, calligraphy, ceramics, jade, bronze, Buddhist antiques, etc. The interface available in traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, English and Japanese.
  • Free or open access
Citations for publications relating to health and medical issues of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Canadian First Nations populations. (1966 – present)
  • Free or open access
Provides free access to books and documents in medicine and the life sciences.
  • Free or open access
Summaries of more than 200,000 criminal justice, juvenile justice, and substance abuse resources housed in the National Criminal Justice Reference Service Library collection. [1970 – present]
  • Free or open access
Access to the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) database of foreign geographic feature names. Coverage is worldwide.
  • Free or open access
Catalog for the library of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Free or open access
Full text and index access to books, research reports, conference proceedings, and journal articles published by the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI). Publications cover mainly the Social Sciences within African Studies. (DIVA – Nordiska Afrikainstitutet)
  • Free or open access
National and community level social scientific studies of the North American Jewish population
  • Free or open access
Alternative Name(s) & Keywords: OAPEN E-Book Library
“The OAPEN Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation based in the Netherlands, with its registered office at the National Library in The Hague. OAPEN is dedicated to open access, peer-reviewed books.”
  • Free or open access
A repository for all Louis Harris public opinion data and Roper Center nonproprietary poll data. Includes studies and series in its data holdings arranged by title, principal investigator, and subject.
  • Free or open access
Digital historical maps from library collections around the world.
  • Free or open access
An index to books that are freely readable over the Internet
  • Free or open access
Covers the disciplines of sociology, criminology, political science and women’s studies. Presented with a Canadian emphasis and perspective.
  • UCB access only
  • Free or open access
OpenEdition is an interdisciplinary humanities and social sciences portal with four complementary platforms: OpenEdition Books (ebooks), OpenEdition Journals (scholarly journals), Calenda (academic announcements), and Hypotheses (research blogs). It is a non-profit public initiative that promotes open access (OA) publishing, with the support of French research institutions. Most of the content is in French but also in other European languages, including English. [dates vary]
Online Archive of California (OAC) This link opens in a new window – Access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California including the 10 UC campuses.
  • Free or open access

Find books and other items in most libraries at UC Berkeley.

  • Free or open access
Alternative Name(s) & Keywords: ViFaOst, Virtual Library Eastern Europe
An interdisciplinary portal to a wide range of information in the field of Slavic and East European Studies. Contains some full text information on history, language, literature, politics, information science and culture of East, Central East and South East European countries and historical regions. (Formerly titled ViFaOst – Portal for East European Studies).
  • Free or open access
A searchable archive of all public sessions recorded in the Supreme Court or the United States.
  • Free or open access
Manuscripts from Corpus Christi’s Parker Library. Strong in Old English texts.
Peel’s Prairie Provinces This link opens in a new window – Archive of newspapers that cover western Canadian history and the culture of the Canadian prairies. [varies]
  • Free or open access
National income accounts and purchasing power parity time series data for many countries
  • Free or open access
Access to maps for all regions of the world. Coverage is mostly 19th and 20th centuries with some going back to 980 C.E.
  • Free or open access
A collection of more than 500 primary and secondary texts on the study of ancient Greece and Rome. Also includes images of vases, sculptures, buildings and other art and archaeological works.
Voting America: United States Politics, 1840-2008 This link opens in a new window – Offers a wide spectrum of animated and interactive visualizations of how Americans voted in elections over the past years. You can also find expert analysis and commentary videos that discuss some of the most interesting and significant trends in American political history.
Women Working, 1800 -1930 This link opens in a new window – Digitized historical, manuscript, and image collections related to women’s roles in the US economy between the Civil War and the Great Depression. Includes books and pamphlets, photographs and manuscripts.
1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Digital Collection This link opens in a new window – The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Digital Collection is a compilation of selected holdings from collections housed in the archives and special collections of The Bancroft Library and first other California institiutions.
  • Free or open access
Focus on rare 18th and 19th century North and South American cartographic history materials. Includes historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa. (Luna Insight)
  • Free or open access
Alternative Name(s) & Keywords: Mapire
“Mapire enables the user to navigate historical maps of the Habsburg empire using state-of-the art technologies including Google Maps, Google Earth and OpenStreetMap.”
  • Free or open access
Digital historical maps from library collections around the world.
  • Free or open access
Freely available internet-based bio-bibliographical database of texts written in the various Romance vernaculars of the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance.
  • Free or open access
Collection of photographs, illustrations, and video files related to public health, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Free or open access
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Free news source (with archives) covering Russia, Transcaucases, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. [dates vary]
  • Free or open access
A radio station search engine of radio stations in the US and around the world.
  • Free or open access
A selective bibliography of articles in the various fields of Jewish studies and in the study of Eretz Israel. [1985 – present]
  • Free or open access
A collection of over 1200 open access scholarly journals covering all aspects of the humanities, social sciences, and sciences published by more than 500 institutions in 22 Ibero-American countries. (Red ALyC) [1993-]
  • Free or open access
Includes manuscripts from national, public and academic libraries, county and city record offices, cathedral and chapel libraries and some private collections.
  • Free or open access
A collection of over 1200 open access scholarly online journals in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities to meet the communication needs of researchers in the Global South, particularly those in Latin America and the Caribbean. [dates vary]
  • Free or open access
Permanent internet archive of news coverage of the events of September 11, 2001 [2001 – present]
  • Free or open access
Catalog to Smithsonian Institution’s libraries, archives, and research units.
  • Free or open access
Find links to websites of thousands of state agencies and city and county governments. Also includes tribal governments and jurisdictions in American Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Free or open access
Bibliographical database of works published on Catalan language and literature.
  • Free or open access
Etymological and historical dictionary of 19th and 20th century French.
  • Free or open access
The most comprehensive bibliographic resource on transportation research. (TRIS Online)
  • Free or open access
Trove Newspaper Collection includes most of the digitized newspapers with full-text access. This collection was created as a part of a larger database of the digital resources by the National Library of Australia. [1803-2018]
  • Free or open access
Links to dozens of U.S. news archives and their full text and online back files.
  • UCB access only
  • Free or open access
The principal archive of computerized social science information for teaching and research. Part of UC Berkeley’s Survey Research Center.
  • Free or open access
Every treaty and international agreement entered into by UN member nations
  • Free or open access
Citations and some full text for publications of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), including the USGS numbered series. [1880 – present]
  • Free or open access
Full text archive of poetry, children’s books, novels, political tracts, and travelogues written by lesser-known British women writers of the 19th century.
  • Free or open access
Collection of spoken word recordings, including political and cultural leaders and minor players in the human drama are captured.
  • Free or open access
Repository of scripts from the Golden Age of Radio.
  • Free or open access
Multilingual bibliography of women’s and gender history. (Vrouwengeschiedenis in het Vaktijdschrift) [1975 – present]
From the U.S. Census Bureau. Quick, easy access to facts about people, business and geography.
  • Free or open access
Offers a wide spectrum of animated and interactive visualizations of how Americans voted in elections over the past years. You can also find expert analysis and commentary videos that discuss some of the most interesting and significant trends in American political history.
  • Free or open access
Digitized historical, manuscript, and image collections related to women’s roles in the US economy between the Civil War and the Great Depression. Includes books and pamphlets, photographs and manuscripts.
  • Free or open access
An extensive collection of data about global development
  • Free or open access
Combined catalog of books, journals, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, and other items in thousands of libraries worldwide.
  • Free or open access
Access to several large digital collections, including Classic Spanish Works.
  • Free or open access
A digital repository providing long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives. (Hathi Trust)
  • Free or open access
A thematically-related digital library documenting American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction located at the University of Michigan. (MOA) [19th century]
  • Free or open access
Provides access to three Middle English electronic resources: Middle English Dictionary, Bibliography of Middle English Prose and Verse, and the Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse.
  • UCB access only
  • Free or open access
Books from University of California Press on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction. [1999 – 2004]
  • African Americans in California

With this website, we plan to highlight African American resources in California. There are so many scholarly resources, in a wide variety of formats, and located in so many places that students, faculty, and other researchers can benefit from the creation of an “umbrella” _web site that pulls these rich resources together to enhance their exposure and increase their usability. We envision this site to be more than a simple list of resources. We plan to create pertinent bibliographies, develop an historical narrative of African Americans in California, and create a visual, chronological story of the influence of African Americans in California.

The California Loyalty Oath Digital Collection comprises more than 3500 pages of electronic text, more than 30 pictorial images, and 15 audio clips, which document the controversy (1949–1951) that roiled the University during the McCarthy Era. The loyalty oath debate reverberated across the country and caused lasting damage to the reputation of the University and the relations between its faculty and staff, administration, and Board of Regents. This website includes a timeline, resources for further study, and search and browse capabilities.

From 1882 to 1943 the United States Government severely curtailed immigration from China to the United States. This Federal policy resulted from concern over the large numbers of Chinese who had come to the United States in response to the need for inexpensive labor. Congress passed several laws restricting their immigration and naturalization. In its efforts to regulate these matters, the Congress also established federal agencies that created documentation related to those activities and its management of those people under the existing legislation. This website provides an overview of that history and offers an online, searchable index to many of the nearly 200,000 “casefiles” held at NARA which cover the era of the Chinese Exclusion Act (1880-1943).

This website offers a topical approach to the material presented in the Chinese in California digital archive. The resources represented are from The Bancroft Library and The Ethnic Studies Library, University of California, Berkeley; and The California Historical Library, San Francisco. Selections range in format, with books, pamphlets, prints, photographs, manuscripts, sheet music, etc. illustrating aspects of the story. Much of the history of the Chinese in California is embedded in resources that discuss California in a broader context, and thus a topical approach serves as the best way of gathering together the diverse materials presented here.

The Bancroft Library’s documentation of the Japanese American experience during World War II includes over 250,000 pages from an extensive collection of manuscripts and photographs.

This website portrays the place of Italian Americans in the history and culture of California. As you will see, their influence has been significant, sustaining, and beneficial. È la gaia pioggerella a far crescer l’erba bella!

The Library recently acquired the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, a collection of unedited, primary source interviews with survivors and witnesses of genocide and mass violence. The bulk of the testimonies included relate to the Holocaust, as collecting these was the original purpose of the project. Now the archive has expanded to include testimonies from the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi Genocide, the 1937 Nanjing Massacre, the Armenian Genocide, the Cambodian Genocide, the Guatemalan Genocides, the ongoing South Sudan Civil war, the Central African Republic conflict and anti-Rohingya mass violence in Myamar.

The Native American Studies online sources guide has a listing of sites and databases that are available online. Some of the online require a university/ library log-in for access.

  • Trial: Indian Claims Insight 

The Library has a trial of Indian Claims Insight until May 10, 2019. This resource provides researchers with the opportunity to understand and analyze Native American migration and resettlement throughout U.S. history, as well as U.S. Government Indian removal policies and subsequent actions to address Native American claims against the U.S. Government. The collection includes docket materials for all Indian Claims Commission cases, as well as cases that preceded and followed the existence of the commission.

The Asian American Studies Organizations/Newsletters are an extensive collection of flyers, newsletters, meeting minutes, booklets, pamphlets, and other materials produced by over 1,000 Asian American community organizations.

Almandumah is a comprehensive full text database for Arabic scholarly output. It includes almost one million items (1/3 in abstract), including about 1900 unique Arabic journals, 2500 conferences, and 200,000 dissertations from the Arab world.

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