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AMST 30143 – Fashioning Identities in Colonial America

Manuscript and Printed Materials Online

Using these online resources researchers can search libraries' holdings across the US and Canada, often accessing full-text sources.

The Internet Archive
The Digital Public Library of America
Hathi Trust
Try Googling "historic patterns"

Subject-based primary source databases:

Historical Newspapers

Periodical Literature

Runaway Advertisements

Visual Sources

Finding Images in Print Sources

Find illustrations in print sources by searching the ND Catalog. Often older books on costume or fashion (pre-1940) will have photographs of earlier clothing. Many of these pre-1940s book have been digitized and can be found on Hathi Trust through the ND Catalog.

  • For example, searching "costume United States history" retrieves the illustrated History of American Costume, 1607 - 1870, by Elisabeth McClellan, published in 1937 and available online on Hathi Trust.