Database Trial: ProQuest History Vault

June 5th, 2014 by Sarah Laleman Ward

We currently  have trial access to the ProQuest History Vault products through July 5, 2014. Detailed information about the collections is available here:

The trial can be accessed on-campus only. There is no off-campus access to the trial.

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ProQuest History vault is a collection millions of full-text or full-image primary source documents documenting various topics from 18th-20th century American history. The trial  includes access to the following collections and more. For a detailed list of the collections that can be accessed via the trial, click here:

Black Studies Collections
Black Freedom 1 and Black Freedom 2, and the NAACP modules offer unique primary sources on the most important events of the civil rights movement, like Brown v. Board of Education, Little Rock school desegregation crisis, civil rights demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama in the spring of 1963, March on Washington in August 1963, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Searched together, these four modules offer researchers a wide variety of important primary sources on these pivotal events of the civil rights years.

Slavery and the Law
The central feature of the Slavery and the Law module are the petitions on race, slavery, and free blacks that were submitted to state legislatures and county courthouses between 1775 and 1867.

Southern Life and African American History Plantations
The records presented in this module were collected over a 20 year period from major repositories throughout the South. Plantation Records are both business records and personal papers because the plantation was both the business and the home for plantation owners.
Plantation records also document the personal lives of plantation owners and their families. Frequently, this involved correspondence from people outside the south.

Immigration: Records of the INS, 1880-1930
This module presents the investigations made by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) during the massive immigration wave at the turn of the twentieth century. The files cover Asian immigration, especially Japanese and Chinese migration, to California, Hawaii, and other states; Mexican immigration to the U.S. from 1906-1930, and European immigration. There are also extensive files on the INS’s regulation of prostitution and white slavery and on suppression of radical aliens.

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