Where has the time gone?

December 12th, 2011

Would you like to take a fresh approach to American history research?  Have you considered looking at primary sources?  Many primary resources can be found on your own computer through the IU East Campus Library!  We have many interesting databases that could be used for a broad range of topics.  Here are just a few:

history databases

North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories

This database can provide you with a personalized account of the life of immigrants in North America.  Browse the collection by year, country of origin, personal event such as education or religious experience, nationality, or author.  This database has it all – images, writings, and oral histories!

Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment

This database exposes the researcher to early written accounts of interactions between Europeans and Native Americans between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries.  Browse the collection by year, location, personal and cultural event, nationality and kinship, flora and fauna, images, environmental features and phenomena, or author.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000

This database covers the history of women’s involvement in a wide range of social issues, including women’s suffrage, anti-slavery movements, and birth control.  Browse by year, movement, or people.

Black Thought and Culture

This database showcases the publications of leading African Americans and includes interviews, articles, speeches, essays, pamphlets, letters, and more!  Browse by year, historical and personal event, people, or author.

The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries

Interested in learning more about the American Civil War?  Here you will find letters, diaries, and memoirs from those who experienced it first-hand!  Browse by month, battle, personal event, location, or author.

IU East Archives

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of Indiana University East, you’ve come to the right place!  The IU East Archives contains resources about Indiana University East and about Richmond.  You may know about our photograph collection available online at www.flickr.com/iuelibrary, but we have much more to offer!  Contact the Archivist, Mandi Moning, to discover the IU East Oral History collection containing oral histories collected by IU East students.  You can also peruse student newspapers dating back to the 1970s, or examine the publications and papers relating to some well-known IU East faculty such as Paul Kriese, Tom Thomas, and George Blakey.  Interested in learning more about local history?  We have the papers of some prominent Richmond citizens, including former owner of the Palladium-Item, Rudolph G. Leeds.

Whatever your historical research interest, the IU East Campus Library is here to help!  Call 765-973-8311, email iueref@iue.edu, or stop by for help from the friendly library staff!