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Research Guides@Tufts

Race, Gender, and Ethnicity on the US-American Stage, 1787-WWII (COVID-19 ed): Home


Welcome to our Research Sources Page for TPS 93!

Chao Chen, Humanities Research and Instruction Librarian
Email:; Tel: 617• 627• 2057; Schedule an Appointment

Research sources will be added as we progress throughout the semester with assignments and research needs.

This COVID-19 edition emphasizes e-sources.

  chao chen

Digital Archives and Visuals

Tip for identifying  more archival sources: check out the footnotes and bibliographies in a relevant book, e.g.,

Montgomery, Lindsay M., and Colwell, Chip. Objects of Survivance: A Material History of the American Indian School Experience. 2019.


Tip for further search: historical societies and museums, e.g.,

The Royall House and Slaves Quarters , which have these primary sources: public records, newspaper stories, correspondence and more.


A title of interest: Moon, Krystyn. Yellowface: Creating the Chinese in American Popular Music and Performance, 1850s-1920s. 2005.

Boston Irish Americans' Diaries and Journals


(Historic) Newspapers, Magazines and Texts & Journal Articles and Books

Research sources will be added as we progress throughout the semester with assignments and research needs:

I. American Historic Newspapers and Magazines

Newspaper Collections

  • Accessible Archives
    includes African American Newspapers (19th century), the Pennsylvania Gazette, among other historic U.S. newspapers
  • America's Historical Newspapers
    includes Early American Newspapers (1690-1922), Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980), and African American Newspapers (1827-1998)
  • Ethnic American Newspapers from the Balch Collection, 1799-1971
    includes 130 newspapers in ten languages from 25 states; emphasis is on Americans of Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Jewish, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovak, and Welsh descent.

Individual Newspapers

Magazines (collections and individual titles)

  • African American Periodicals, 1825-1995
    More than 170 periodicals by and about African-Americans: academic and political journals, commercial magazines, institutional newsletters, bulletins of organizations, annual reports, and other genres.
  • American Periodicals 1740-1900
  • OpinionArchives
    some of the oldest continuously published magazines: American Spectator, Commentary, Commonweal, Dissent, Harpers Magazine, NACLA, The Nation, The National Review, The New Republic, New York Review, The New Yorker.

Collections of Historic Documents, Monographs, Journals, Magazines and More

  • American Broadsides and Ephemera
    Broadsides printed between 1820 and 1900, and ephemera printed between 1760 and 1900.
  • Afro-Americana Imprints 1535-1922
    Twelve thousand works from the Library Company of Philadelphia’s renowned Afro-Americana Collection. Includes books, pamphlets, anti-abolition literature, anti-slave-trade literature, slave narratives, sermons, and much more!
  • Black Studies Center (Journals and newspapers, some historic)
  • Making of America (Cornell University)
    Access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles from 22 journals with 19th century imprints.
  • Making of America (University of Michigan)
    Access to 9,500 books and almost 2500 digitized issues of 12 journals published in the 19th century

II. Academic Journal Articles


The database below is on a different platform:


Current News:


JumboSearch  for Books

The library's catalog includes ebooks from the following collections, which you can search separately as well:


Note: WorldCat (renamed to be Libraries Worldwide on the Tisch Library homepage) is still a better place to get a fuller picture of  books on a topic, even though interlibrary loan service is currently very limited.)

Check the Boston Public Library's catalog for eBooks (and  sign up for a BPL eCard , Tufts students and faculty eligible)

"Digital books" on Internet Archive

Open Educational Resources (OER)
online alternatives that are accessible and free to all students