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Resources for Historians & Explorers

A to Z World Food

Learn more about food and culture around the world.  Easily find traditional recipes from 174 countries as well as interesting information about etiquette, food history, food trivia and more.  Also includes historical timelines tracking major food developments and discoveries.

Creativebug

Over 1,000 art and craft video classes for adults and kids, taught by recognized design experts and artists. Topics include fiber and paper arts, jewelry making, sewing and quilting, food, home and more. Create your free account and enjoy unlimited access to instructional videos, patterns, and access to exclusive documentaries and live video feeds on Creativebug Television (CBTV). Click here for a video tutorial about using this resource.

Women's Issues & Identities: Gale Primary Sources

From Gale, access primary sources that trace the path of women's issues from past to present.  Discover manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals and more that demonstrate the foundation of women's struggles and triumphs.  With over one million never-before-digitized pages, you can take a deep dive into pioneers of women's movements and the social, political, and professional achievements of women throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

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. Click here for a video tutorial about using this resource.

Historical Newspapers: U.S. Major Dailies [Proquest]

Full text coverage of several national daily newspapers. This database includes: Chicago Daily Tribune (1849-1996), Los Angeles Times (1881-1995), New York Times (1857-up to three years behind the current year of publication), Wall Street Journal (1889-2002), and Washington Post (1877-2003). This database provides coverage previously found in the Historical New York Times database.

History Vault: Southern Life, Slavery, and the Civil War 1 & 2

Features digitized southern plantation records from 1775-1915, documenting the far-reaching impacts of plantations on the nation. Plantation records include both business records and personal papers drawn from archives across the American South.  Also has a timeline feature, highlighting key events in the 1800s with quick links to documents relating to those events.

Newspapers.com

The Newspapers.com database offers more than 10,000 digitized newspaper titles for large and small communities in the U.S. as well as newspapers in Canada, Australia, Ireland, the British Isles and Panama. Date range varies by publication.