18th and 19th Century History Resources (all)
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Your shortcut for research in History is the History Portal.

It connects you to pages that will help you find background sources, books, articles, and primary sources for all historical periods.
 
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Articles (from journals)
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An index with abstracts to history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present... [more info]
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An index with abstracts to more than 1,800 journals in 40 languages on world history from 1450 to the present. [more info]
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Not recommended for use in Google Chrome.  Please use Internet Explorer, FireFox, or Safari.  C19: The Nineteenth Century Index is an all-inclusive bibliographic tool for 19th-century research. [more info]
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Indexes articles in the subjects of gerontology, history, international relations, journalism, law, linguistics, and many more subjects. [more info]
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Indexes journal articles, conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews on Islam. [more info]
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Full online text and images for back issues of selected scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, anthropology, sociology, literature, etc. [more info]
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An index with abstracts and some full text covering all subjects, including humanities and social sciences. [more info]
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Articles (from magazines)
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Digitized page images from American magazines and journals of all types. Titles range from some of the first... [more info]
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Not recommended for use in Google Chrome.  Please use Internet Explorer, FireFox, or Safari.  C19: The Nineteenth Century Index is an all-inclusive bibliographic tool for 19th-century research. [more info]
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Digital copies of primary sources published in the US from pre Civil War to the 1920s. Click  'More Info' for website links... [more info]
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Indexes the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States from 1890 to 1982. [more info]
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Books / Book Chapters
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An index with abstracts to history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present... [more info]
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An index with abstracts to more than 1,800 journals in 40 languages on world history from 1450 to the present. [more info]
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Provides digital editions of nearly all books published in Great Britain in the 18th century... [more info]
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Provides the complete text of nearly 2,000 French works including classic works of French literature, non-fiction prose, and technical writing. [more info]
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Not recommended for use in Google Chrome.  Please use Internet Explorer, FireFox, or Safari.  C19: The Nineteenth Century Index is an all-inclusive bibliographic tool for 19th-century research. [more info]
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A collection of full-text digital books. Digital version of the Early American Imprints... [more info]
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A collection of 36,000 fully searchable digital books... [more info]
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Indexes journal articles, conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews on Islam. [more info]
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Digital copies of primary sources published in the US from pre Civil War to the 1920s. Click  'More Info' for website links... [more info]
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Full text of every book about the Americas published anywhere between 1500 and 1926... [more info]
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Catalog of over 62 million titles cataloged by libraries worldwide ... [more info]
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Provides electronic access to over 2,800 volumes of 19th century American fiction. Works may be viewed as either rekeyed text or page images. [more info]
 
 
Government Information
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Legislative and executive documents of the United States government...
 
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An incomparably rich collection of primary source material on all aspects of American history originating from Congress and other federal agencies...
 
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Images
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Provides digital editions of nearly all books published in Great Britain in the 18th century... [more info]
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Cover-to-cover digital facsimiles of 1,000 historic newspapers from every state. [more info]
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Fully searchable facsimile editions of nearly 30,000 broadsides and ephemera printed in colonial... [more info]
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Digitized collections of primary source materials at the Library of Congress on American history and culture... [more info]
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Digitized page images from American magazines and journals of all types. Titles range from some of the first... [more info]
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Image database containing over 1 million images in subject areas such as art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, world history, literature and more. [more info]
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Primary source collection of personal accounts of traders, slaves, missionaries, explorers, soldiers, native... [more info]
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A full-text database of Harper's Weekly text and images from the 19th century (1857-1912) ... [more info]
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Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. [more info]
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Search every word of every page of The London Times, and view PDF facsimiles of either a specific article or a... [more info]
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Legislative & Congressional Information
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Legislative and executive documents of the United States government...
 
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A cluster of collections reflecting the history of the United States through its congressional publications... [more info]
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An incomparably rich collection of primary source material on all aspects of American history originating from Congress and other federal agencies...
 
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Letters & Diaries
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Primary source database of more than 400 sources of diaries, letters and memoirs... [more info]
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Primary source database offering women's diaries and letters... [more info]
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Search history through Dolley Madison's correspondence letters dated from 1788 - 1837. [more info]
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Primary source collection of personal accounts of traders, slaves, missionaries, explorers, soldiers, native... [more info]
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Manuscript Women’s Letters and Diaries brings together 100,000 pages of the personal writings of women of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, displayed as high-quality images of the original manuscripts. [more info]
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Collection of primary sources written by North American immigrants from 1800 to 1950 ... [more info]
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Collection of letters and diaries reflecting on the immediate experiences of 1,017 women ... [more info]
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The Papers of George Washington:  Diaries, Revolutionary War, Colonial, Confederation, Presidential, and Retirement from 1748-1799. [more info]
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Experience the past through thousands of private writings and personal narratives... [more info]
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Maps and Atlases
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Provides digital editions of nearly all books published in Great Britain in the 18th century... [more info]
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The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America maps and other cartographic materials.  Images available for certain uses (such as attribution) under the Creative Commons license. [more info]
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View digital maps of Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.  These maps were digitized from the fire insurance maps of the Sanborn Map Company.  Click here for a map legend that provides symbols and a glossary of terms used in this map collection. [more info]
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50,000 Historical maps from within the U.S. Congressional Serial Set.
 
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News Articles
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A collection of English news media in the form of newspapers, pamphlets, and broadsides from the United Kingdom collected by Reverend Charles Burney. [more info]
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Full text journals, magazines, and specialty newspapers that portray British life in the Victorian Age.  Subscription includes Series 1: New Readerships and Series 2: Empire. [more info]
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Collection of over 500 US newspapers from the 19th Century.  Includes approximately 1.7 million pages of primary source newspaper content from both rural and urban titles.  Illustrated papers also included. [more info]
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Cover-to-cover digital facsimiles of 1,000 historic newspapers from every state. [more info]
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A cluster of collections reflecting the history of the United States through its congressional publications... [more info]
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The British Newspaper Archive contains millions of digitized newspapers owned by the British Library.  While searching is free, there is a fee to download full text articles. JMU Libraries are not responsible for paying these fees. [more info]
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Not recommended for use in Google Chrome.  Please use Internet Explorer, FireFox, or Safari.  C19: The Nineteenth Century Index is an all-inclusive bibliographic tool for 19th-century research. [more info]
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Collection of digitized American newspapers from 1860 to 1922, as well as a directory of non-digitized newspapers from 1690 to the present.  [more info]
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Full-text of major articles related to the Civil War from the New York Herald, Charleston Mercury, and Richmond Enquirer... [more info]
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Gale NewsVault is a cross-searchable platform that allows us to search or browse all of our Gale historical newspaper and periodical collections.  The NewsVault allows users to browse newspapers and periodicals by title or place of publication; save, print and bookmark search results; grab, pan, and zoom images; and cross-browse all newspapers published on the same date. [more info]
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A full-text database of Harper's Weekly text and images from the 19th century (1857-1912) ... [more info]
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Index with full-text of the Nation magazine... [more info]
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Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue to about 3 years ago... [more info]
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Access full text historical newspapers in pdf format. JMU subscribes to select VA newspapers only (excluding coverage from 2007). Content from all other cities and states is not available. See the [more info] link for city details. Dates of coverage varies by title. [more info]
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Contains the full-text of the most successful Colonial American newspaper... [more info]
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Search every word of every page of The London Times, and view PDF facsimiles of either a specific article or a... [more info]
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The United States Newspaper Program is a cooperative national effort...
 
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Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue to about 15 years ago... [more info]
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Primary Sources
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Provides digital editions of nearly all books published in Great Britain in the 18th century... [more info]
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A collection of English news media in the form of newspapers, pamphlets, and broadsides from the United Kingdom collected by Reverend Charles Burney. [more info]
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Cover-to-cover digital facsimiles of 1,000 historic newspapers from every state. [more info]
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Fully searchable facsimile editions of nearly 30,000 broadsides and ephemera printed in colonial... [more info]
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Primary source database of more than 400 sources of diaries, letters and memoirs... [more info]
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Cross-search primary and secondary papers of major figures of the early republic, including James Madison, Dolley Madison, George Washington, Eliza Lucas Pinckney, and Harriott Pinckney Horry. Also includes the Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution collection. [more info]
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Digitized collections of primary source materials at the Library of Congress on American history and culture... [more info]
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Digitized page images from American magazines and journals of all types. Titles range from some of the first... [more info]
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Legislative and executive documents of the United States government...
 
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A cluster of collections reflecting the history of the United States through its congressional publications... [more info]
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Provides the complete text of nearly 2,000 French works including classic works of French literature, non-fiction prose, and technical writing. [more info]
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Collection of non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. [more info]
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Primary source database offering women's diaries and letters... [more info]
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The British Newspaper Archive contains millions of digitized newspapers owned by the British Library.  While searching is free, there is a fee to download full text articles. JMU Libraries are not responsible for paying these fees. [more info]
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Not recommended for use in Google Chrome.  Please use Internet Explorer, FireFox, or Safari.  C19: The Nineteenth Century Index is an all-inclusive bibliographic tool for 19th-century research. [more info]
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Search history through Dolley Madison's correspondence letters dated from 1788 - 1837. [more info]
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A collection of full-text digital books. Digital version of the Early American Imprints... [more info]
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A collection of 36,000 fully searchable digital books... [more info]
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Primary source collection of personal accounts of traders, slaves, missionaries, explorers, soldiers, native... [more info]
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Full text primary source documents, including original manuscripts and printed material... [more info]
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Contains documents from and about missionary activity in the United States during the 19th Century.  Includes reproductions of personal narratives, organizational records, and biographies of churches, church leaders, and missionaries.  Also contains material on missionary activities in Africa, India, Southeast Asia, and the Sandwich Islands. [more info]
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A full-text database of Harper's Weekly text and images from the 19th century (1857-1912) ... [more info]
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Digital copies of primary sources published in the US from pre Civil War to the 1920s. Click  'More Info' for website links... [more info]
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Collection of primary sources written by North American immigrants from 1800 to 1950 ... [more info]
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Collection of letters and diaries reflecting on the immediate experiences of 1,017 women ... [more info]
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OAIster contains thousands of multidisciplinary resources from more than 1,000 contributors worldwide. [more info]
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The Papers of George Washington:  Diaries, Revolutionary War, Colonial, Confederation, Presidential, and Retirement from 1748-1799. [more info]
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The Papers of James Madison Digital Edition includes documents from Madison's times as Congressman, Secretary of State, and President of the United States.  Also includes papers from his retirement. [more info]
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Indexes the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States from 1890 to 1982. [more info]
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Full text of every book about the Americas published anywhere between 1500 and 1926... [more info]
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Search every word of every page of The London Times, and view PDF facsimiles of either a specific article or a... [more info]
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An incomparably rich collection of primary source material on all aspects of American history originating from Congress and other federal agencies...
 
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The digital collection of the Library of Virginia containing photographs, maps, government documents, etc, from the beginnings of Virginia history to the present. [more info]
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Provides electronic access to over 2,800 volumes of 19th century American fiction. Works may be viewed as either rekeyed text or page images. [more info]
 
 
Reference Information
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Online access to Bibliographic Index is no longer available.  Print volumes for 1937-2008 (v.1-48) are available in Carrier Library. Please stop by the public service desk for assistance with retrieval. [more info]
Carrier Library - Stack 2a
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A collection of full-text reference books in history. [more info]
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Cambridge Histories Online provides political, economic and social history, philosophy and literature... [more info]
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This resource will cease as of 12/31/2014. Search over 500 reference titles using Credo. [more info]
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Guide to Reference (ALA) (Cancelled)
This resource has been cancelled, effective 8/1/2014. A selective guide of reference sources, organized by academic discipline... [more info]
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Find subject specific lists of scholarly articles in Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO).  Each research guide in OBO provides an introduction to the topic and annotated bibliographic lists of books and articles recommended by scholars in the field. [more info]
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Database of full-text scholarly reference books on all subjects. [more info]
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Search most of JMU's reference collection for background articles from encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc. [more info]
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Reports & Proceedings
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Legislative and executive documents of the United States government...
 
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An incomparably rich collection of primary source material on all aspects of American history originating from Congress and other federal agencies...
 
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Statistics & Datasets
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Detailed U.S. census information by state and county from 1790-1960.
 
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Historical Statistics of the United States from 1790 to 2000. [more info]
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Sponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia
 
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