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American Libraries

The American Libraries collection includes material contributed from across the United States. Institutions range from the Library of Congress to many local public libraries. As a whole, this collection of material brings holdings that cover many facets of American life and scholarship into the public domain. Significant portions of this collection have been generously sponsored by Microsoft, Yahoo!, The Sloan Foundation, and others.

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Media Type
1,175
collections
2,727,884
texts
4,749
images
1,698
movies
599
audio
4
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Availability
2,524,993
Always Available
185,660
Available to Borrow
25,456
Waitlist
Topics & Subjects
76,614
bub_upload
39,376
genealogy
24,199
public domain
17,319
Registers of births, etc
14,236
Bible
13,124
Numismatics
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2,736,109
American Libraries
211,252
Daisy Books for the Print Disabled
210,943
Borrow in Browser
207,897
Internet Archive Books
191,913
California Digital Library
191,557
FEDLINK - United States Federal Collection
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Creator
17,135
united states. bureau of the census
11,034
united states. national archives and records service
5,534
united states. department of agriculture. radio service
4,380
the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints
3,960
united states. foreign agricultural service
3,595
united states. bureau of agricultural economics
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Language
2,047,113
English
218,177
German
197,370
French
48,794
Spanish
48,227
Handwritten English
43,124
Italian
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The Boston Library Consortium
collection
83,595
ITEMS
60.1M
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Books from the Boston Library Consortium . See a Tag Cloud for the Boston Library Consortium collection.
Boston Public Library
collection
53,340
ITEMS
34M
VIEWS
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Books contributed by the Boston Public Library .
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
collection
44,316
ITEMS
22M
VIEWS
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As a member of the Open Content Alliance, the University Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is contributing digital content to the Internet Archive from our Rare Book Collection and North Carolina Collection, including rare Spanish dramas, UNC Yearbooks, and North Carolina legislative materials. Other subject areas such as early North Carolina medical journals and North Carolina judicial materials are also represented. UNC's participation in the Open Content Alliance is...
MBLWHOI Library
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10,732
ITEMS
20.7M
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Books from the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) .
Getty Research Institute
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41,582
ITEMS
17.2M
VIEWS
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Books contributed by Getty Research Institute . The Research Library at the Getty Research Institute focuses on the history of art, architecture, and archaeology with relevant materials in the humanities and social sciences. The range of the collections begins with prehistory and extends to contemporary art. - The Getty Institute
CARLI
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15,398
ITEMS
10.7M
VIEWS
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Material in this collection has been provided by The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois . The Consortium leads Illinois academic libraries to create and sustain a rich, supportive, and diverse knowledge environment that furthers teaching, learning, and research through the sharing of collections, expertise, and programs.
University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries
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36,125
ITEMS
9.6M
VIEWS
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The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries sends selected library materials to Internet Archive for scanning and online access from a variety of units and collections within the Libraries. These include but are not limited to U. S. Government Documents, UF print Dissertations, Duplicates from the storage collection and the Panama Canal Museum Collection. The Internet Archive pre-scanning processing operation at the Libraries is managed by the Preservation Department. Digitization is...
North Carolina Digital Heritage Center
collection
13,408
ITEMS
9M
VIEWS
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A collection of items from the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center Project.
Topic: UNC yearbooks
Books digitized through a federally funded LSTA grant, through MBLC.
University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
collection
14,521
ITEMS
6.3M
VIEWS
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Books digitized by the Internet Archive for the University of Massachusetts Libraries.
Media History Digital Library
collection
3,791
ITEMS
5.6M
VIEWS
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A conservation and access project for historical printed materials related to cinema, broadcasting and recorded sound. Visit our new website and read our blog at http://www.mediahistoryproject.org/ Search Media History Digital Library titles: Advanced Search
Brigham Young University
collection
21,303
ITEMS
5.1M
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by Brigham Young University
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Books from the libraries of Brigham Young University
Duke University Libraries
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12,938
ITEMS
4.9M
VIEWS
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Books digitized by the Internet Archive for Duke University Libraries. The Duke University Libraries Digital Collections Program creates distinctive digital collections that provide access to Duke's library and archival materials in support of teaching, learning, and research at Duke and worldwide; and contributes collaboratively to national and international digital collections initiatives that benefit Duke and the larger research community. See a digital archive of thousands of vintage...
Wellesley College Library
collection
6,196
ITEMS
4.7M
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Books from Wellesley College Library
University of Florida Duplicates
collection
3,632
ITEMS
3.6M
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University of Florida Duplicates
Topic: University of Florida
Church History Library
collection
15,539
ITEMS
3.3M
VIEWS
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The collections of the Church History Library contain materials chronicling the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from its beginning in 1830 to the present day. The collections contain manuscripts, books, Church records, photographs, oral histories, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microforms, and audiovisual materials. The staff creates and maintains catalogs and indexes for accessing this wide variety of information. Search our Catalog...
Topic: Church History Library
US National Library of Medicine
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15,693
ITEMS
3.1M
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The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in Bethesda, Maryland, is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Since its founding in 1836, NLM has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice. It is the world's largest biomedical library and the developer of electronic information services that deliver trillions of bytes of data to millions of users every day. Scientists, health professionals, and the public in...
John Carter Brown Library
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10,848
ITEMS
3M
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THE JOHN CARTER BROWN LIBRARY is an independently administered and funded center for advanced research in history and the humanities, founded in 1846 and located at Brown University since 1901. Housed within the library's walls is an internationally renowned collection of primary historical sources pertaining to North and South America from the time of its discovery by Europeans (ca. 1492) until the end of the colonial period (ca. 1825). View the JCB Collections on Open Library
Boston College Library
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5,935
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3M
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by Boston College Libraries
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Books from Boston College.
The American Methodism Project
collection
5,523
ITEMS
2.9M
VIEWS
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The American Methodism Project is a digitized collection of interdisciplinary and historical materials related to American Methodism. The primary goal of this project is to provide both the digital tools and the digitized texts of American Methodism to better understand both Methodism and the United States. Contemporary questions of church and state boundaries, the role of government, moral development, education, leadership, labor, immigration, family, etc. are topics which can benefit from...
NLM Medicine in the Americas
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14,187
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2.9M
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Medicine in the Americas – a digital library project of the U.S. National Library of Medicine – consists of works which demonstrate the evolution of American medicine from seventeenth-century colonial frontier outposts to twentieth-century research hospitals. Drawing on the collections of NLM's History of Medicine Division , Medicine in the Americas encompasses works dating as early as 1610 and printed in the United States and around the New World, including Latin America, the Caribbean,...
Spanish Drama
collection
11,542
ITEMS
2.6M
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A collection for internal support at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Topic: drama
Family History Library
collection
718
ITEMS
2.6M
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by Family History Library
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Books from the libraries of Brigham Young University Family History Library
Kansas State University
collection
7,884
ITEMS
2.6M
VIEWS
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Historical aspects of Kansas State University are documented in this collection of primary sources. Included are yearbooks, course catalogs, and more.
Minnesota Historical Society
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2,661
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2.5M
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The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota's past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. The Minnesota Historical Society is providing newspapers and manuscripts to the Internet Archive to provide access and preserve their content on the web for future generations. This project was funded in FY11...
Cushing-Whitney Medical Library
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5,083
ITEMS
2.3M
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Books contributed by the Cushing-Whitney Medical Library, Yale University
Religion in North Carolina
collection
6,237
ITEMS
2.2M
VIEWS
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The Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection is a grant-funded project to provide digital access to publications of and about religious bodies in North Carolina. Partner institutions at Duke, UNC, and Wake Forest University, contributed the largest portion of the items in this collection, but the collection is enriched by unique materials from libraries and archives throughout North Carolina. The materials in this collection include local church histories, periodicals, clergy biographies,...
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The goal of the University of Florida's Retrospective Dissertation Scanning project is to build a digital collection of approximately 8,000 dissertations written by PhD graduates of the University of Florida from 1934-2006. This page is the portal to the UF dissertations scanned and made available via the Internet Archive up to this point. In 2000 the University of Florida began requiring theses and dissertations in a digital format, and by 2006 all thesis and dissertations being submitted by...
Boston University Libraries Collection
collection
5,859
ITEMS
2.1M
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Boston University Libraries house more than 2.4 million physical volumes, over 45,000 current unique serials, and 77,000 media titles. Specialized libraries and collections include: African Studies Library Alumni Medical Library Astronomy Library Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center Mugar Memorial Library Music Library Pappas Law Library & Law Annex Pardee Management Library Pickering Educational Resources Library Science & Engineering Library Stone Science Library Theology Library
California Digital Library
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Publisher's chromolithographed pictorial wrappers
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Topics: Brothers and sisters, Orphans, Conduct of life, Education
North Carolina Directories
collection
925
ITEMS
2M
VIEWS
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A collection of North Carolina City Directories from various contributing institutions. Visit the North Carolina Directories page at Digital NC: http://digitalnc.org/collections/north-carolina-city-directories
Northeastern University Libraries
collection
1,715
ITEMS
2M
VIEWS
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Digitized versions of unique and rare books from Northeastern University Libraries
State Library of North Carolina
collection
5,111
ITEMS
1.9M
VIEWS
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The State Library of North Carolina is a part of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. It is the catalyst for exceptional library services in North Carolina. It is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in North Carolina. It develops and supports access to specialized collections for the people of North Carolina, including genealogy, North Caroliniana, and resources for the blind and physically handicapped. - General Collection Examine...
Emory University Libraries
collection
6,694
ITEMS
1.9M
VIEWS
collection
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Books from the Emory University Libraries
Brandeis University Libraries
collection
1,837
ITEMS
1.8M
VIEWS
by Brandeis University Libraries
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Books from Brandeis University .
Penn State University
collection
3,292
ITEMS
1.8M
VIEWS
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Books contributed by Penn State University .
MIT Libraries
collection
3,676
ITEMS
1.8M
VIEWS
collection
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Books scanned by the Internet Archive for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries.
collection
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Webster Family Library of Veterinary Medicine
Topic: Veterinary Medicine
collection
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German, Scandinavian and Dutch Periodicals from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
University of Pennsylvania Libraries
collection
1,759
ITEMS
1.4M
VIEWS
by University of Pennsylvania Libraries
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Books from the University of Pennsylvania Libraries
California State Library
collection
2,959
ITEMS
1.3M
VIEWS
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The California State Library , a California public research institution, provides its customers with the accurate, up-to-date information they need to do their jobs easily, quickly, and confidently. Whether you are an elected official, a state employee, a representative of one of California's libraries, a person with special reading needs or a member of the general public, the California State Library is here for you. Our staff, including librarians, researchers, and consultants are at your...
Delaware County District Library (Ohio)
collection
47,613
ITEMS
1.3M
VIEWS
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The Delaware County District Library (DCDL) and its branches are vibrant centers of activity for residents and visitors in Delaware County. DCDL provides an inviting environment that encourages reading, learning, community discussion, and supports lifelong discovery. We are proud to be recognized for engaging minds, expanding opportunities, and improving the quality of life for Delaware County residents.
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The John Carter Brown Library's collection of books printed in Spanish America is among the finest in the world. In some areas, the collections are unmatched and include works found nowhere else. The Library has the largest collection in the world of books printed in Spanish America as a whole prior to ca. 1820, over 7,000 titles, encompassing the output of presses in Mexico, Peru, Central America, Argentina, Chile, and elsewhere. The remaining Spanish American presses represented in the JCB's...
The Mugar Memorial Library, Boston University
collection
882
ITEMS
1.2M
VIEWS
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Books from the Mugar Memorial Library of Boston University Libraries .
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Books included from the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Strengths are in areas of textile education, textile manufacturing and design, local history (Fall River and New Bedford and surrounding communities), and local ethnic communities including Portuguese, French-Canadian and Jewish.
LDS Church Magazines
collection
5,462
ITEMS
1.2M
VIEWS
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Periodicals from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
David O. McKay Library, BYU Idaho
collection
1,647
ITEMS
1.2M
VIEWS
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Books from the David O. McKay Library at Brigham Young University, Idaho
Topic: keyword
Kansas State University Theses
collection
5,736
ITEMS
1.2M
VIEWS
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Dissertations, Theses, Projects, and Reports from Kansas State University prior to 1990.
Brethren Digital Archives
collection
938
ITEMS
1.2M
VIEWS
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The Mission of the Brethren Digital Archives is to digitize some or all of the periodicals produced from the beginning of publication to the year 2000 by each of the Brethren bodies who trace their origin to the baptism near Schwarzenau, Germany in 1708.
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The Journal of Research reports NIST research and development in metrology and related fields of: physical science engineering applied mathematics statistics biotechnology information technology Papers cover a broad range of subjects with major emphasis on measurement methodology and the basic technology underlying standardization. Also included, on occasion, are articles on topics closely related to the Institute’s technical and scientific programs.
State Library of Massachusetts
collection
1,544
ITEMS
1.1M
VIEWS
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Books digitized by the Internet Archive for the State Library of Massachusetts .
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library
collection
1,998
ITEMS
1M
VIEWS
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Books from the Library of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Duke University Libraries, University Archives
collection
557
ITEMS
978,596
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The Duke University Archives preserves the historical record of the university. This collection provides access to several key campus publications including the Chanticleer (student yearbook), the Trinity College Historical Papers (series of early faculty publications), as well as other core resources, such as campus course catalogs.
BYU Brussels Opera and Ballet
collection
5,067
ITEMS
975,322
VIEWS
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This research collection for opera and ballet consists of a selection of print and manuscript scores, libretti, mise en scène, programs, scene designs and other archival documents. The materials date from the 17th through the 20th centuries. Its strengths include scores and performance materials from the French and Italian repertories dating from the late 18th and 19th centuries. Special features include a large collection of copyists’ manuscript scores for the operas of Giovanni Paisiello...
Meetings, Proceedings, and Conference Reports
collection
2,733
ITEMS
928,982
VIEWS
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Meetings, proceedings and conference reports relating to Religion in North Carolina.
Kansas State University Newspapers
collection
1,797
ITEMS
918,203
VIEWS
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Kansas State University Newspapers 1875- .
University of Memphis, University Libraries
collection
1,164
ITEMS
879,730
VIEWS
collection
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As a member of the Open Content Alliance, the University Libraries at the University of Memphis is contributing digital content to the Internet Archive from our holdings including yearbooks, the campus newspaper, bulletins and schedules of classes, early literary magazines, and other materials related to the life and times of the University of Memphis and its predecessors throughout its first 100 years since opening its doors in 1912 as the West Tennessee State Normal School. All materials are...
BYU Campus Publications
collection
516
ITEMS
858,357
VIEWS
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This collection contains materials published by Brigham Young University. These publications include the school yearbook (the Banyan), course catalogs and class schedules. The yearbook contains information about campus events and student life, the course catalogs offer descriptions of the various courses offered at Brigham Young University during a given academic year and contain information on degree requirements, and the class schedules provide detail as to what classes where offered when, by...
Topic: Brigham Young University
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
collection
973
ITEMS
832,375
VIEWS
collection
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Books contributed by Southern Illinois University Carbondale .
NYARC - New York Art Resources Consortium
collection
1,230
ITEMS
787,834
VIEWS
collection
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The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) consists of the research libraries of three leading art museums in New York City: The Brooklyn Museum, The Frick Collection, and The Museum of Modern Art. With funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NYARC was formed in 2006 to facilitate collaboration that results in enhanced resources to research communities. NYARC provides a framework to advance a series of programmatic services, with a potential for transforming the environments in which...
Topic: art
Indianapolis Public Library
collection
802
ITEMS
745,893
VIEWS
collection
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Materials contributed by The Indianapolis Public Library .
collection
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Materials from University of California, San Francisco Library (UCSF): http://www.library.ucsf.edu/ . The mission of the UCSF Library is to advance science, foster excellence in teaching and learning, and promote health through the collection, development, organization, and dissemination of the world's health sciences knowledge base.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Libraries
collection
737
ITEMS
739,025
VIEWS
collection
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Books from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Duke University Libraries, Confederate Imprints
collection
2,374
ITEMS
713,292
VIEWS
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Duke holds one of the world’s largest collections of Confederate imprints, or items printed in the Confederate States of America between secession from the Union and the surrender of the Confederate military forces (December 1860-April 1865). Confederate imprints are notable for their fragility and ephemerality, due to the scarcity of high-quality paper and a lack of large publishing and printing houses in the South, as well as for the view their contents give of military and civilian life in...
Topics: Confederate, Civil War, American history
Duquesne University, Gumberg Library
collection
828
ITEMS
695,176
VIEWS
collection
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Books from the Duquesne University, Gumberg Library
Northwestern University
collection
846
ITEMS
680,448
VIEWS
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The Northwestern University Archives, established in 1935, holds material relating to every aspect of Northwestern's history, including non-current official University records, papers of faculty members, and records of student organizations-- as well as publications, photographs, audio-visuals, artifacts, and more. The Archives' holdings are non-circulating, and are open to the public for research and reference. The Transportation Library of Northwestern University contains over 500,000 items,...
Topic: Northwestern University
Ohio State University Library
collection
1,070
ITEMS
660,630
VIEWS
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The Ohio State University Libraries is contributing public domain texts from its Reformatting Program to the Internet Archive. Texts are selected by the OSU Libraries Collection Managers, in consultation with the Preservation and Reformatting Department, based on the following criteria: the materials are damaged or deteriorated, are in continuing demand, and are not available as a readily-accessible reprint. Titles are drawn from all subject areas of the Libraries' collections. Texts no longer...
Topic: ohio state
Illinois State Library
collection
599
ITEMS
653,722
VIEWS
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The Illinois Documents collection at the Illinois State Library Illinois State Library is a historical representation of state government since Illinois was granted statehood in 1818. The collection covers the entire scope of state government as Illinois evolved into an agrarian and industrial powerhouse. The coal mining industry was a critical part of the state’s economy during the past 100 years and the Illinois Coal Reports (1883-1986) document advances in mining technology, workmen...
MoMA Library
collection
387
ITEMS
645,127
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The Museum of Modern Art Library is a comprehensive collection devoted to modern and contemporary art. The noncirculating collection documents painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, photography, architecture, design, performance, video, film, and emerging art forms from 1880 to the present. The Museum of Modern Art Library is a founding member of the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC). NYARC is a collaborative program of the Frick Art Reference Library and the libraries of the Brooklyn...
Washington University Libraries
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21,704
ITEMS
632,924
VIEWS
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The Washington University Libraries are a collaborative network of 12 academic libraries working to connect users with resources across the campuses of Washington University in St. Louis.
University of Massachusetts, Boston
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1,167
ITEMS
630,173
VIEWS
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Books digitized by the Internet Archive for the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Lehigh University Libraries
collection
1,195
ITEMS
624,575
VIEWS
collection
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Books from the Lehigh University Libraries
John Carter Brown Library - Peru Collection
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1,113
ITEMS
620,254
VIEWS
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The John Carter Brown Library has one of the five largest collections of early Peruviana in the world. It is not just the number of Peruvian imprints of the colonial, independence, and early national periods held by the John Carter Brown Library that is important, however, but the diversity of those materials and in a great many instances, their singularity - being only known copies. The subjects range from ecclesiastical matters, to government papers, to indigenous language studies, and...
Topic: Peru
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The Portuguese and Brazilian books held at the John Carter Brown Library comprise one of the finest North American collections relating to Brazil before the country declared its independence from Portugal in 1822. The collection includes 650 titles before 1800 and another 500 titles from 1800 to 1822—including 165 books printed in Brazil itself after the *Impressão Regia* opened a branch in Rio de Janeiro in 1808 and presses began operating in Bahia. This collection has been compiled from a...
Topics: jcbportugalbrazil, brazil, portugal, John Carter Brown Library
Brigham Young University, Hawaii
collection
885
ITEMS
583,587
VIEWS
collection
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Books contributed by BYU Hawaii