History


Subscription databaseAmerican Decades - a cross-disciplinary source for those who need a single, consistent reference to document and analyze periods of contemporary American social history.  Ten volumes cover the decades of the twentieth century

Subscription databaseDictionary of American History - this authoritative work serves students, scholars, and general readers interested in a wide range of topics in American history, from the well studied and familiar to the obscure

Subscription databaseEncyclopedia of Food and Culture - a survey of food and its place in human culture and society, featuring multidisciplinary coverage of such topics as comfort food, ethnicity and food, medieval banquets, and nutrient composition, among many others

Subscription databaseEncyclopedia of Religion - embraces a cross-cultural approach, while emphasizing religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture, this new edition is the definitive work in the field for the 21st century

Subscription databaseFashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear through the Ages - provides a broad overview of costume traditions of diverse cultures from prehistoric times to the present day

Subscription databaseHistory Study Center - offers valuable historical reference material that spans from ancient times through today's current events

Subscription databaseNew Dictionary of the History of Ideas - brings fresh intelligence and a global perspective to bear on timeless questions about the individual and society

Librarian-created resourceHistory Resources - links to information about history from local to the world. Some sites include primary source materials

Librarian-created resourceNed M. Barnes Northwest Room Digital Collections - digital collections of photographs selected from collections in the Ned M. Barnes Northwest Room. These collections emphasize the most frequently requested subjects in the Northwest Room, such as the homes, buildings, streets and activities in and around Spokane

Librarian-created resourceNed M. Barnes Northwest Room Resources - the Northwest Room is a unique special collection, focusing on the history of the Inland Pacific Northwest

Librarian-created blogNed M. Barnes Northwest Room Blog - features Northwest history and Northwest Room special collections 

Northwest Digital Archives - contains thousands of documents, called "finding aids", that describe the contents of archival collections. In most cases, reproductions of the collections themselves are not online, although in some cases the finding aids in NWDA will contain links to digital material

Washington State Digital Archives - the Washington State Digital Archives is the nation's first archives dedicated specifically to the preservation of electronic records from both State and Local agencies that have permanent legal, fiscal or historical value

Washington State Place Names - compiled by Gary Fuller Reese, this database is made available for online searching by the Tacoma Public Library


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