Chemeketa Community College

Information Resources for American History (HST202)

Books are available through the library catalog. Some reference sources are listed below.

Reference Sources in Chemeketa's Library


Chronology of Native North American History [R 970.00497 C46]
Comprehensive listing of historical events concerning North American and Canadian Native peoples. Arranged by year.
"A Chronology of Slavery in North America from Slavery and America
Covers important events from 1581 to 1865.
Chronology of World History [R 902.02 F87]
Important events arranged by year from 3, 000 B.C. to 1976. Divided also by world region.
Encyclopedia of American History [R 973.03 M83]
Yearly arrangement of events important in the history of the United States.
Great Events From History: North American Series [R 970 G79 1997] 5 volumes
Provides 2-3 page descriptions of North American historical events from 15, 000 B.C. to 1996.
The Timetables of History [R 909.02 G92]
Arranged chronologically, provides information on important events from 4500 B.C. to 1900.
The U.S.A.: A Chronicle in Pictures [R 973 W48]
Beginning in 1492 and ending in the year 1991, this text provides many illustrations which accompany concise time lines. Arranged by year.

Biographical Information - General sources

American National Biography [R 920.073 Am33]
The premier biographical encyclopedia covering important, deceased pAmericans.
Dictionary of American Biography [R 920.073 D56] Multi-volume
Short biographies of distinguished, dead Americans.
Great Lives From History: American Series [R 920.073 G79] 5 volumes
Accounts of lives and achievements of famous Americans. Arranged alphabetically by last name.
And see Biographies: Finding Information about a person

Biographical Information - Specialized sources

Black Women in America [R 920.7208996073 B56]
Arranged alphabetically by name or topic.
Native American Women [R 920.7208997 B32]
Arranged alphabetically by name.
Notable American Women 1607-1950 [R 920.720973 N84]
Arranged alphabetically by name.
Notable Black American men [R 920.7108996 N84]
Arranged alphabetically by name.
Notable native Americans [R 920.00297 N84]
Arranged alphabetically by name.


Atlas of African-American History [R 973.0496 C49]
Chronicles important events in the history of African Americans.
Atlas of American Indian Affairs [R 973.00497 P95a]
Covers the eighteenth through late twentieth centuries.
The Atlas of American Migration [R 304.80973 F61]
Maps detail earliest times through the twentieth centuries.
Atlas of westward expansion [R 911.73 W54]
Covers the Colonial period through 1900.
Historical atlas of the United States [R Atlas Case 911.73 N21]
A general historical atlas.
United States history atlas [R 912.73 H18]
Philip's Atlas of World History
Informative historical maps with explanatory text.
Routledge Atlas of American History
Published in 2006, this atlas has 156 maps with accompanying text, covering the period up to the 21st century.

Encyclopedias and Other Reference Books

Americans at War
Covers major U.S. conflicts with emphasis on "cultural and social events and conditions on the home front."
Atlas of the Civil War
Covers both military and nonmilitary aspects of the war.
The Civil War Society's Encyclopedia of the Civil War [R 973.703 C49]
Arranged alphabetically by topic, includes Native Americans in the Civil War.
The Confederacy [R 973.713 C76]
Arranged alphabetically by topic.
Dictionary of American History [R 973.03 D56, and online]
Despite the name, this is a multivolume encyclopedia that serves as a one-stop source for American historical events.
Documents of American History [R 973 C73]
Texts of documents beginning in 1492 to 1973.
Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History [R 973.0496073 En1]
Illustrated, multi-volume encyclopedia describing historical eras, legal cases, and other events. Includes many biographical articles.
Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America
Covers colonial times to the early 21st century.
Encyclopedia of the American Civil War [R 973.703 H36]
A multivolume encylopedia on political, social, and military history.
Historical Times Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Civil War [R 973.7 H62]
Arranged alphabetically by topic.
The Reader's Companion to American History [R 973.03 R22]
Alphabetical arrangement of articles describing key events and people in American history.
Slavery in America (Gale Library of Daily Life)
Table of contents is arranged by themes: The Middle Passage and Africa; The Business of Slavery; Work; Family and Community; Culture and Leisure.
The Underground Railroad: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Operations
A two-volume encyclopedia.

Dewey Decimal Numbers for Browsing

Subject Call Number 
United States History, 1845-1861  973.6
United States History, 1861-1865  973.7
United States History, 1865-1901  973.8

Periodical Indexes

Academic OneFile, a Gale database, indexes articles in history journals and contains the full text of many. Access is available on the Database Page.

Additional Gale databases, and Supplementary Databases, are available.

Internet Sites

AMDOCS Documents for the Study of American History -
A collection of primary documents organized by time period.
American Memory Historical Collections -
A large, multimedia meta-collection of historical materials including documents, photographs, recorded sound, and moving pictures. Supported by the Library of Congress.
Federal Government Resources: Historic Documents -
An extensive collection of links to U.S. historical documents online.
Making of America -
Browsable and searchable, MOA is "a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The book collection currently contains approximately 8,500 books with 19th century imprints." Also includes some 19th century American journals.
Netlibrary -
A collection of electronic books accessible to Chemeketa Community College students.
Valley of the Shadow -
Original diaries, letters, newspapers, and other primary source material for two communities in the Civil War, one Northern, one Southern.

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