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Subscription Databases

Many subscription databases contain resources relevant to the topic of Irish American heritage. Subscription databases are not available remotely through the Library of Congress; they must be used on our premises. Many of them, however, can be found in university and public libraries. Check with local librarians as to the availability of these and similar resources for finding citations and full-text sources of primary and secondary material.

Secondary and Primary Sources

  • Accessible Archives - Contains the full text of primary source material from 18th & 19th century American periodicals and newspapers.

  • America: History and Life with Full Text (EBSCO) - Database of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. With selective selective indexing for 1,700 journals from 1955 to present.

  • American History, 1493-1945 (Adam Matthew Digital) - This collection of documents brings to life American History from the times of the earliest settlers until the end of World War II. Sourced from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, it contains over 50,000 primary source documents, including correspondence, diaries, government documents, business records, books, pamphlets, newspapers, broadsides, photographs, artwork and maps.

  • American Periodicals (ProQuest) - Includes digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals published from colonial days to the dawn of the 20th century. Titles range from Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine and America's first scientific journal, Medical Repository; popular magazines such as Vanity Fair and Ladies' Home Journal; regional and niche publications; and groundbreaking journals like The Dial, Puck, and McClure's.

  • JSTOR - A collection of full-text, keyword-searchable academic journals dating back to the late 17th century.

  • Literature Resource Center - Provides full text access to bibliographical and biographical information, literary criticism, and contextual information covering more than 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists and other writers.

  • North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories (Alexander Street Press) - Contains more than 100,000 pages of personal narratives, including letters, diaries, pamphlets, autobiographies, and oral histories. Several thousand pages of Ellis Island Oral History interviews are also included, as are approximately 2,000 political cartoons. The materials begin around 1840 and extend to the present, focusing heavily on the period from 1920 to 1980.

  • Historical newspaper databases (e.g., ProQuest, NewspaperARCHIVE, America’s Historical Newspapers)



  • Ancestry, Library edition - With more than one and a half billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists, primary-source document images (including the US Federal census) and a variety of genealogical research features. See especially:
    - New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
    - U.S., Border Crossings from Canada to U.S., 1895-1960
    - U.S., Naturalization Records, 1840-1957

  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index - An index to nearly 12 million biographical sketches in more than 2,700 volumes and editions of current and retrospective reference books, covering both contemporary and historical figures throughout the world.

  • FamilySearch (free resource) - The collections of FamilySearch include documents such as civil registration records; church records; and probate, census, land, tax, and military records. The collection also contains compiled sources such as family histories, clan and lineage genealogies, oral pedigrees, and local histories.

  • Findmypast - The site currently offers access to a collection of over 2 billion historical records covering the United States, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and other parts of the globe.

  • Fold3 - Contains primary source documents from the holdings of the United States National Archives relating to all aspects of American history, from the Revolutionary War, to the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Presidents, historical newspapers and naturalization documents.

  • HeritageQuest - Rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

  • PERSI (ProQuest) - Connects you to the material and journal records from the databases of over 8,000 genealogy and history societies from all over the world.


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