Archives Unbound delivers historical primary source content online

Written by Jon Ritterbush, Electronic Resources Librarian

The Calvin T. Ryan Library is pleased to announce the addition of Archives Unbound, a digital archive providing access to primary source material in four collections:

  • Overland Journeys: Travels in the West, 1800-1880
    Contains 71,000 + pages from the microfilm collections “Travels in the West and Southwest” and the “Plains & Rockies;” this digital collection provides a unique view on the exploration and settlement of the Great Plains and Western United States.
  • The War Department and Indian Affairs, 1800-1824
    Contains 7,500+ pages of letters to and from the U.S. War Department, including correspondence from Indian superintendents and agents, territorial and state governors, military commanders, Indians, missionaries, and other public and private individuals.

These digital collections may be searched individually at the links above, or simultaneously from the main link for Archive Unbound.  These links are accessible from the library’s “Articles & E-Resources” webpage under the alphabetical links and under the subjects of “History (U.S.)” and “Primary Sources.”

The purchase of these digital collections was made possible with funding from the College of Natural and Social Sciences.