American Studies

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Directory of primary source materials in U.S., U.K., and Irish repositories.

Detailed archival collection descriptions & finding aids from libraries, museums, historical societies & archives in the US.

1979 to present

Information on all books (scholarly, popular, adult, juvenile, reprint, etc.) on all subjects currently published and distributed in the U.S. With out-of-print titles from 1979 to the present.

Smith College is a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), which acquires and preserves "unique and little-known documents." The collections, which number about five million items, are international in scope and made available to researchers at member institutions through interlibrary loan, electronic delivery, and on-site use at CRL in Chicago. Read more....


Contains over 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to books and pamphlets about the Americas written in Europe before 1750.

Indexes the full text of a growing number of books. For some books complete text is online; for others only a small portion. No printing or downloading.

Full-text books & journals digitized by HathiTrust partner libraries, Google, the Internet Archive, etc. Includes searchable access to over 10 million volumes total; 3.5 million public domain volumes are fully viewable online. Since Smith College is a member institution, Smith students, faculty and staff may download entire full texts as PDFs. Complements Google Books.

all dates

Extensive catalog (OCLC) of books, serials, media, web resources, and more worldwide.

Streaming Media

1700s - 1960

Streaming audio; songs by and about miners, native Americans, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers & cowboys. Genres include country, folk, bluegrass, Western, old time, blues, gospel & shape note singing. With liner notes.