Friday, November 22, 2013

New: The American West and American Indian Histories and Cultures


COM Library has two new primary document history databases, The American West and American Indian Histories and Cultures. To access the databases go to the History & Genealogy database page. 

The American West
In this collection you will find primary resources such as papers of early pioneers, explorers and hunters, including items such as the original manuscript journal and papers of James Audubon; emigrants guides, manuscript travel journals, illustrations and maps; rich resources for the study of Texas, Mexico and the South; and literary and historical works.  


American Indian Histories and Cultures
From early contacts between European settlers and American Indians and the subsequent political, social and cultural effects of those encounters on American Indian life, these materials tell both the historical and the personal stories of the colonization of the Americas. Continuing through to the modern era, and told against the backdrop of the 19th century expansion into the ‘Western Frontier’ right through to the civil rights movement of the mid-twentieth century, American Indian Histories and Cultures highlights both the myths and realities of the ‘Wild West’ and American Indian cultural identity.

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