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Information Resources for American History (HST203)

Reference Sources in Chemeketa's Library


American Decades Primary Sources
This online library of primary source documents for American history is arranged by decades. To find the chronologies, click on "eTable of Contents." Choose a decade from the drop-down list. You may select a subject area, such as Arts, Education, or Business. The first item for that subject will be a chronology of important events in that area.
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.
The Columbia chronicles of American life, 1910-1992 [R 973.9 G65]
A chronology.
Day By Day: The Forties [R 909.824 L55]
Day-to-day chronology of the 1940s.
Day By Day: The Fifties [R 909.825 M55]
Day-to-day chronology of the 1950s.
Day By Day: The Sixties [R 909.826 P22]
Day-to-day chronology of the 1960s.
Day By Day: The Seventies [R 909.827 L55]
Day-to-day chronology of the 1970s.
Day By Day: The Eighties [R 909.827 M49]
Day-to-day chronology of the 1980s.
Day By Day: The Nineties [R 909.829 Av1]
Day-to-day chronology of the 1990s.
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.
"Timeline" from World War I Reference Library
Lists major events of and leading up to the First World War.
The Times In Review [R 909.82 T48]
Front pages of the New York Times for dates from 1920-1969.
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.
The World Almanac [R 317.3 W89]
Each yearly edition includes a section with a chronology of the previous year.

Biographical Information - General sources

American National Biography [R 920.073 Am33]
The premier biographical encyclopedia covering important, deceased Americans.
Current Biography [R R920 C93] Multi-volume
Covers persons who are living at the time of publication. It comes out yearly. An index volume covers the period 1940-1995.
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.
Biography resources page
See for further help on finding biographical information.

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 American Women: The Modern Period [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.
Historical atlas of the United States [R Atlas Case 911.73 N21]
A general historical atlas.
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.
United States history atlas [R 912.73 H18]

Encyclopedias and Other Reference Books

Almanacs of American life: Modern America [R 973.9 G86]
Statistical and factual information for the period 1914-1945
Americans at War
Covers major U.S. conflicts with emphasis on "cultural and social events and conditions on the home front."
The Columbia guide to America in the 1960s [R 973.923 C71]
In several sections: a historical narrative; essays covering debatable aspects of the sixties; a dictionary; topical essays, a chronology, and a bibliography.
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.
Dictionary of Twentieth Century Culture: American Culture After World War II [R 973.92 Am3]
Arranged alphabetically by topic.
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.
Historical dictionary of the New Deal [R 973.91703 H62]
A reference book on the New Deal years (1933-1939).
The Reader's Companion to American History [R 973.03 R22]
Alphabetical arrangement of articles describing key events and people in American history.
St. James encyclopedia of popular culture [R 973.9 Sa2]
An encyclopedia of 20th century U.S. culture.
World War I Reference Library
Articles, biographies, and selective primary source documents relating to the First World War.
World War II Reference Library
Articles, biographies, and selective primary source documents relating to the Second World War.

Dewey Decimal Numbers for Browsing

Subject Call Number 
United States History, 1901-  973.9-979.931

Searching for books

You can use the library catalog to search for books. If you don't find what you want in our local catalog, you can click the "Summit" button in the search results page to pass your search through to the Summit Catalog. Chemeketa for-credit students, faculty, and staff may use Summit, the Orbis Cascade Alliance catalog, to request items from 36 member libraries in Oregon and Washington. Authorized users have access to all of the material in the Chemeketa Community College library, plus about 28 million items in Summit and may choose the Summit pickup location that is most convenient.

The catalog page has information on how to use the catalog and how to request items.

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

Internet sources for U.S. history since 1900 are very rich. Good starting places are the Librarians' Index to the Internet - United States History and the Federal Government Resources: Historic Documents offered by the University of Michigan.

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.
Librarians' Index to the Internet - United States History -
Click "Twentieth Century." A collection of links to sites on 20th century U.S. history.
Netlibrary -
A collection of electronic books accessible to Chemeketa Community College students.
Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives -
Arranged into "galleries" of memorable photographs from sequential time periods. Click on a thumbnail image to see a larger photo.

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