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Primary Source Archives Online

Runaway Slave Advertisements of North Carolina  The North Carolina Runaway Slave Advertisements project provides online access to all known runaway slave advertisements (more than 2300 items) published in North Carolina newspapers from 1751 to 1840. These brief ads provide a glimpse into the social, economic, and cultural world of the American slave system and the specific experience within North Carolina. If you are teaching slavery and racism in the US, use this with your students. With a little guidance, your students can formulate their own inquiries by exploring this amazing archive.


Old Bailey Online: London Criminal Courts 1674-1913 The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London’s central criminal court. Have your students dig around the court transcripts of testimony from every day average Londoners. Look up a wide range of crimes and misdemeanors from British history.


History Matters- Many Pasts: Primary Sources for US History II   This feature contains primary documents in text, image, and audio about the experiences of ordinary Americans throughout U.S. history. All of the documents have been screened by professional historians and are accompanied by annotations that address their larger historical significance and context. Browse the list of documents below (sorted by time period, beginning with the earliest). The full search feature allows you to quickly locate documents by topic, time period, or keyword.



Imperiia: Mapping the Russian Empire  The purpose of this project is to promote the study of Russia’s spatial history. To that end it aims to make available a range of historical maps, databases related to demographics, cultural institutions, and economy, assist instructors in bringing interactive engagement with maps and geographical information into the history classroom, and encourage conversation among researchers, instructors and students interested in the spatial history of the empire.