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Primary Source Databases Research Guide

Use this guide to find UNO library resources and other helpful research tools.

Civil Rights and African Americans

The ProQuest History Vault includes the scanned and searchable archival records of several major civil rights organizations:

  • The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • Congress of Racial Equality
  • National Association of Colored Women's Clubs
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

In addition, the database includes Federal government records pertinent to civil rights spanning the presidencies of Franklin D. Roosevelt through George H.W. Bush.  These records encompass a number of FBI Files, including those compiled on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

African American Newspapers, 1827-1998

Omaha Star Historical Archive, 1938-2011; and current file, 2011-

The Omaha Star Historical Archive, 1938-2011, includes scanned and searchable images of the newspaper. You may also select issues to view page-by-page. The Omaha Star, 2011- current file is updated daily and provides searchable article texts.

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law

From HeinOnline, this collection brings together, for the first time, all known legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world, as well as materials on free African-Americans in the colonies and the U.S. before 1870. Included are every statute passed by every state and colony, all federal statutes, all reported state and federal cases on slavery, and hundreds of books and pamphlets on the subject. In total, the collection contains more than 1,000 titles and nearly 850,000 pages.