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America's Historical Newspapers
America's Historical Newspapers
Search or browse early American newspapers published between 1690 and 1922, including titles from all 50 present states.
American Periodical Series
Digitized page images from American magazines and journals of all types from 1740-1900.  American Periodical Series
Black Mask Magazine

Special Collections has a growing collection of Black Mask Magazines. The Black Mask is a pulp magazine launched in 1920 by H.L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan. The Black Mask focused primarily on mystery and crime stories. The famous Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett first appeared in the September 1929 issue.

Dolley Madison Papers
Dolley Madison Papers
Complete full-text collection of her known correspondence 1788 through April 1837.
Flashback Fridays
Flashback Fridays  Each Friday through November 1st, JMU’s Special Collections will be highlighting one of the classes returning for Homecoming on November 2nd in our blog.  Posts will include some interesting happenings from that particular class year, along with photographs.   
"The mission of Folkstreams.net is to build a national preserve of documentary films about American folk or roots culture. Produced by independent filmmakers, these hard-to-find films give voice to the arts and experience of diverse American groups. They are streamed on the website together with background materials that highlight the history and aesthetic importance of the traditions and the films."
History E-book Collection
Collection of over 500 books of major importance to historical studies online! History E-book Collection
James Madison Papers
The James Madison Papers are available online at the Library of Congress web site. The collection consists of approximately 12,000 items, including correspondence, personal letters, drafts of legislation, legal & financial documents, that document the life of the "Father of the Constitution."
JMU Founding Documents
JMU Founding Documents  A selection of digitized documents and images representing JMU's first decade; records include early commencement programs, Normal Bulletins, Board of Trustees minutes, faculty minutes, yearbooks, student handbooks, student posters, selected correspondence and documents of President Burruss, and an interactive, annotated historical timeline, 1908-1910.
JMU Yearbook Collection Online
JMU Yearbook Collection Online The JMU yearbooks have been digitized and are available online.  The collection of yearbooks range from 1910 to 2011. The first yearbook, The Schoolma'am, was consecutively published until 1961 when the official name was changed to Bluestone.
Shenandoah National Park Oral History collection
Shenandoah National Park Oral History collection The Shenandoah National Park Oral History collection is now freely available online. The collection consists of 135 interviews of people who were living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia prior to the creation of the Shenandoah National Park. Most of the interviewees resided on land that was claimed by eminent domain by the commonwealth of Virginia and subsequently turned over to the US government in the 1930s.
Smithsonian Global Sound
Smithsonian Global Sound is a virtual streaming encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions.
Smithsonian Global Sound
The Breeze
The Breeze
An archive of the JMU student newspaper The Breeze is now available online. The archive runs from 1922 to present with fully searchable PDF files.
The Civil War 150 Legacy Project
The Civil War 150 Legacy Project Document Digitization and Access is a multi-year initiative to locate, digitize and provide world-wide access to the private documentary heritage of the American Civil War era located throughout Virginia.