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Resources for studying Boston History, including primary sources, secondary sources, maps.
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Primary Sources

What is a primary source?

Primary sources were either created during the time period being studied (documents, newspaper articles, letters, speeches, fiction), or were created at a later date by a participant in the events being studied (memoirs) and they reflect the individual viewpoint of a participant or observer. Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period.

"I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited powers into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could." Abigail Adams to her husband, 1776.

Journal and Newspaper Databases

  • Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
    Academic Search Premier is a scholarly, full text database designed for academic institutions. The database includes full text for 1800 publications as well as images, for nearly every academic field of study.
  • Boston Globe 1872-1979 (Proquest)
  • Humanities Int'l Complete (EBSCO)
    Humanities International Complete is an essential collection for comprehensive coverage of the humanities with full text content.
    JSTOR ( is a not-for-profit organization with a dual mission to create and maintain a trusted archive of important scholarly journals, and to provide access to these journals as widely as possible. Content in JSTOR spans many disciplines, primarily in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Massachusetts History Online
    General background articles on Massachusetts history.
  • ProQuest Central
    Inter-disciplinary full-text scholarly article database.

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