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Databases for the History Buff

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 2:35pm by muskrat

A click on the Research tab at the top of the page will introduce you to a wealth of databases covering such subjects as Car Repair, Literature, and Investing.

For those with a history interest, the databases are especially rich.

Start at the History and Biography Page and go from there. You'll find local history sites like Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now, Freeing John Sinclair, and Old News. An exploration of Other Sites reveals a yield so diverse, you can find, within minutes, the legend of the Birth of Hatshepsut, National Security discussions between Henry Kissinger and President Gerald Ford, a transcript of the 1783 Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War, and the actual scanned pages of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle from May 24, 1883 touting the Opening of the Brooklyn Bridge (click on "View" and then "View Item in PDF" to get the full article) along with the May 31, 1883 edition recording the subsequent, deadly Panic on the Bridge and much more.

The Newspaper section allows you to browse historical editions of the Ann Arbor News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and others. If you know what you're looking for, you can easily track down such unusual items as the Washington Post's 1933 Obituary of Mrs. George A. Custer.

Let your love of history go wild and see what you can find.


Latitude is right, this is super exciting. I just read part of the Treaty of Paris. It's interesting how they describe the English Monarch compared to "the United States".

"It having pleased the Divine Providence to dispose the Hearts of the most Serene and most Potent Prince George the Third, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, Duke of Brunswick and Lunebourg, Arch- Treasurer and Prince Elector of the Holy Roman Empire etc.. and of the United States of America,"

This Prince George sounds pretty important.

The Kissinger one has lotsa fun headline-ish quotation marks at the beginning:

Kissinger to Ford: "Smash" Rumsfeld
Newly Declassified Telcons Show Conflict during Ford Years over Arms Control, D├ętente, Leaks, Angola
Kissinger Urged President to Tell Rumsfeld to "Get with It" on SALT, Pondered to Scowcroft Whether "We Should Let Angola Go," and Disparaged Ford for "Popping Off" Publicly against Nixon

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