Americana enables cross-searchable access to millions of pages of essential American history, literature and culture.

Discover captivating manuscript and typescript letters, diaries, notebooks, journals, newspapers, plus incredible art works, illustrations, photographs, video, and 360-degree objects through seven important collections on American history and culture.

From an annotated draft printing of the US Constitution to artwork by American Indians and videos of students protesting about the Vietnam War, this multi-product platform answers the need for limitless opportunities for research and teaching across multiple disciplines.

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Period Covered

  • 16th to 20th Century

Key Benefits

  • Access to a vast selection of primary source documents within a single user interface
  • Cross-searchable across collections, no need for multiple sign-ins
  • Theme-based to aid with navigation around the contents
  • Unbeatable value allowing institutions to obtain multiple titles and key primary source content in a single purchase

Source Archives

  • Anti-Slavery International
  • Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
  • Berea College
  • British Library
  • Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University
  • Buxton National Historic Site, Ontario
  • Felix Dennis Archive
  • Free the Slaves
  • Georgia Archives
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania
  • Institute of Commonwealth Studies
  • Labour Party Archive
  • Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa
  • Louisiana State University
  • Magdelene College, Cambridge
  • Mariners Museum, Virginia
  • Merseyside Maritime Museum
  • North Carolina State Archives
  • Peter Whitehead Archive
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL
  • The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Archive at Warwick University
  • The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York
  • The National Archives, UK
  • The New York Public Library
  • The Newberry Library, Chicago
  • The Rock Source Archive
  • The Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library, Duke University Libraries
  • University of New Orleans
  • University of Sussex Library, Special Collections
  • University of Warwick, Modern Records Centre
  • Wilberforce House, Hull

Material Types

  • American Indian Newspapers covering the 1960s to 1990s
  • Artwork (illustrations, sketches, watercolours, oil paintings)
  • Books
  • Broadsides
  • Charters
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Ephemera: pamphlets, leaflets, posters, pins, artefacts
  • Government documents
  • Legal documents
  • Manuscripts (treaties, speeches, petitions, diaries, travel journals, ledger books)
  • Maps
  • Military documents
  • Photographs
  • Printed materials (newspapers, magazines, press kits, artist’s files)
  • Prints, paintings, engravings and sketches
  • Rare Books
  • Video clips of original footage


  • African Americans
  • African Coast
  • Agricultural Development, Landscape and the Environment
  • American Revolution, 1763-1783
  • Art and Architecture
  • Banking & Economics
  • Borderlands
  • Children & Family
  • Civil Rights and Race Relations
  • Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763
  • Consumerism
  • Economic development
  • Education
  • Fashion & Beauty
  • Freed Slaves, Freedmen and Free Black Settlements
  • French & Indian Wars
  • Gay and Lesbian Rights
  • Government & Politics
  • Health & Medicine
  • Homesteaders, Overland Travel and Early Settlements
  • Legislation: Enactment and Enforcement
  • Literature and Drama
  • Medicine
  • Military Encounters
  • Mining and the Gold Rush
  • Music
  • Religious history
  • Resistance and Revolts
  • Science and Technology
  • Sex and Sexuality
  • Slavery and abolition
  • Trade between Britain and America
  • Vietnam
  • Women in American History
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Youth Culture

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