Slave Narratives From the Federal Writers' Project (Gale)During the Great Depression, the Federal Writers' Project, which was part of the Works Progress Administration, sent out-of-work writers to seventeen states to conduct interviews with former enslaved people. The writers collected over 2,000 narratives, and the result was the Slave Narrative Collection.
The American Slave by George P. RawickVol. 2-17 consist of transcriptions of narratives prepared by the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-38, and deposited in the Library of Congress, where they were assembled under title: Slave narratives, a folk history of slavery in the United States from interviews with former slaves.
Accessible ArchivesThis link opens in a new windowContains 19th century American newspapers (including African American), US county histories, and notable magazines (Godey's Ladies Book, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, etc.)
American Periodicals [ProQuest] 18th-early 20th CenturyThis link opens in a new windowCombines American Periodical Series (APS) and American Periodicals from the Center for Research Libraries, offering full text access to 18th-early 20th century American magazines and journals.
Early American Imprints, 1639-1820This link opens in a new windowBooks, pamphlets, and broadsides on every aspect of American life, based on Charles Evan's American Bibliography and the continuation by Shaw-Shoemaker.
Sabin Americana [Gale] 1500-1926This link opens in a new windowBased on Sabin's Bibliotheca Americana: A Dictionary of Books Relating to America from Its Discovery to the Present Time. Full text books, pamphlets, broadsides & documents, from sermons & tracts to legislation & literature. Covers all the Americas.
Slavery & Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive [Gale]This link opens in a new windowContains primary source documents from the United States & Europe, as well as other parts of the world; formats include antebellum books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, images, and extensive archival material.
US Freedmen's Bureau ProjectWill launch in a few months. Watch for additional records that will be available for indexing on DiscoverFreedmen.org, if you'd like to participate in this crowd-sourced project.
Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law [HeinOnline]This link opens in a new windowEssential legal materials on slavery in the US & the English-speaking world: All statutes passed by each colony & state on slavery, plus all federal statutes; all reported state & federal cases on slavery; English-language legal commentary before 1920; pamphlets & books on slavery from the 19th century; relevant Congressional debates; and supporting books & law review articles.