Archives Unbound - History

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About Archives Unbound

Archives Unbound, a Gale Cengage product, offers online access to primary source material from 296 archival collections covering U.S. and California history topics. Archives Unbound presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level. This resource is free to all California public libraries from the California State Library.

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Access to over 290 collections in many categories including:

  • African American Studies
  • Business History
  • Colonial U.S. History
  • County and Regional History
  • Cultural Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Native American Studies
  • Social History
  • Women’s Studies
  • And much more!

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