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Access World News

Provides searchable full text and indexing of many U.S. and international newspapers, including print and online-only resources. Provides comprehensive news and information on differing perspectives for a variety of topics, including economics, business, political science, environmental issues, health and welfare topics, social problems, consumer affairs, education, international affairs and defense, sports and much more.

African-American Newspapers: 19th Century Pt's 1, 2 & 3

Primary source material providing insight into the cultural life and history during the first half of the 1800s through articles written by African-Americans for African-Americans. Includes biographies of people often overlooked in standard references.

America's Obituaries & Death Notices [NewsBank]

America’s Obituaries & Death Notices covers recent U.S. deaths reported in newspapers nationwide. Local coverage includes obituaries from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1988-current; St. Louis American, 2006-current; St. Charles Journal, 2011-current; and the Belleville News-Democrat, 2000-current.

American Ancestors (Available in History & Genealogy only-See Librarian)

American Ancestors provides access to more than 400 million U.S. and foreign records, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American records. Full-text issues of The Register and other New England Historical Genealogy Society publications are also accessible. American Ancestors is available for use in the History & Genealogy Department only.

American Memory

Locates digital photographs of people, places, and events including documents, recorded sound, moving pictures, and text from the Library of Congress' Americana collection.

American National Biography

Provides biographical information on North American men and women of renown. Only profiles persons who are dead.

Any Day in History Page

Events that occurred on any day of the year. Includes births, deaths, historical events, and holidays.

Avalon Project at Yale Law School

Search digital documents in Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government from pre-18th to the 21st Century. Searchable by author, title, or subject; or browse titles alphabetically within time periods. Includes a list of common names of diplomatic documents.

Best of History Web Sites

Contains links to over 800 history-related web sites that have been reviewed for quality, accuracy, and usefulness.

Built St. Louis

Wonderful photographs and descriptions of many historic buildings and neighborhoods in St. Louis.

Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective

A searchable collection of articles published in the Charleston Mercury, The New York Herald, and The Richmond Enquirer between November 1860 - April 1865.

dMarie Time Capsule - On This Day in History

Select month, date, and year to view news headlines, consumer prices, celebrity birthdays, top songs, television shows, popular toys, and best-selling books from that day. Covers 1800 - 2002.

Findmypast (In Library Use Only)

Findmypast offers searchable databases for censuses of the British Isles; civil, military, and church records; newspapers, and more. Coverage includes records for the U.S., Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The site provides access to the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) covering thousands of genealogical and historical publications. Findmypast can be used at any St. Louis County Library location.


Provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

HeritageQuest Online

Provides access to U.S. Census records from 1790 to 1940, full text of local and family history books, PERSI, Revolutionary War Pension & Bounty-Land Warrant applications, and Freedman's Bank records.

Historical New York Times [ProQuest]

Full coverage of the New York Times from its inception in September 18, 1851 as the New York Daily Times. Current up to three years behind the current year of publication. This database along with the New York Times available through ProQuest Newsstand provides coverage of the entire run of the New York Times newspaper up to the present!

Historical St. Louis Post-Dispatch [ProQuest]

Searchable full text and full image articles from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 1874-2003. (The 1923 to 2003 is currently being digitized. Years will be posted as they become available. This will be completed by the end of August 2017). 

History of St. Louis Neighborhoods

Written for the St. Louis Community Development Agency in the early 1970's by Norbury Wayman. Provides a detailed viewpoint of the historical neighborhoods from the vantage point of the 1970's -- the information about the current state of individual neighborhoods may not apply today.

HistoryGeo (In Library Use Only)

HistoryGeo provides a searchable database of 12.3 million names connected to land ownership maps covering the 29 public land states and Texas. The database also features a historical map collection.

HyperHistory Online

Presents 3,000 years of world history with a combination of lifelines, timelines, and maps. Enables reader to view what was happening in widely separated parts of the earth.

Independent News

Searchable full text access to this weekly newspaper featuring community news, events, and announcements for the Florissant Valley area, including Black Jack, Florissant, Hazelwood, and Spanish Lake. Includes access from October 2006 to present.

Measuring Worth

Provides answers for questions of comparative value covering purchasing power, exchange rates, and other variables between the past and today.

Missouri Digital Heritage

Missouri Digital Heritage is a portal to dozens of digitized historical, cultural, scientific, and artistic collections and exhibits created by Missouri archives, libraries, museums, galleries, and historical societies. It provides access to a number of online collections of primary source material, often with JPEG or GIF representations of original documents.

Missouri Historical Society

View information about the society's mission and current exhibits. A portion of the society's catalog is searchable online.

Missouri State Archives

Currently provides access to the African American History Initiative, the St. Louis Probate Court Digitization Project, the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, and the Missouri Supreme Court Historical Database. Contains a nice timeline of Missouri History.

Large historical newspaper database containing tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1759 to present.

North Side Journal

Searchable full text coverage of local news and community-submitted content from North County, including births, engagements, and community events. Falls under the Suburban Journals of Greater Saint Louis. Includes access from 2004 to 2008. 

Parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis

An interactive Google map showing the locations of open and closed churches with brief historical data. Users can search for an address and see its location relative to churches shown on the map.

ProQuest Digital Microfilm™

Online access to microfilmed versions of the New York Times and St. Louis Post Dispatch. Allows the user to retrieve, view, print and email specially digitized images from ProQuest microfilm. Note that access is only available for 2008 to 3 months ago.

Salem History

Online access to Great Athletes, Decades: 1960s in America, Great Events: Ancient World, and Great Lives: Ancient World.

Sanborn Maps - Missouri & Illinois

Online access to black and white images of Sanborn Fire insurance maps for Missouri and Illinois. Useful source for information about a piece of property, such as older homes. Map coverage varies by location.

South County Journal

Searchable full text coverage of local news and community-submitted content from South County, including births, engagements, and community events. Falls under the Suburban Journals of Greater Saint Louis. Includes access from 2004 to present.

Southwest County Journal

Searchable full text database of local news and community-submitted content from South and West St. Louis County, including births, engagements, and community events. Falls under the Suburban Journals of Greater Saint Louis. Includes access from October 2004 to January 2009.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch [Newsbank]

Full text, comprehensive database with total access from 1988 to present, and partial access from 1981-1987. The Post-Dispatch provides local, national, and international news to the St. Louis area, including daily Sports, Business, and Entertainment sections

U.S. History in Context [Gale]

Covers people and events of historical significance in American history from Pre-Columbian America forward. Content includes primary source materials.

World History in Context [Gale]

Collection of primary sources, reference works, and scholarly journals providing materials for the study of World History.

WorldCat Discovery

Search for books, ebooks, periodicals, government documents, manuscripts, maps, audiovisual materials, music scores, and collections of digital items in libraries around the World.

WorldCat [FirstSearch]

Searches the library catalog holdings for libraries located in your area and around the World. Contains catalog records for books, web resources, maps, musical scores, video tapes and journals.

Year by Year, 1900-2003

Presents highlights in American History by year. Topic areas include economics, events, sports, entertainment, science, and death. From Information Please.