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Research Guides

Colonial to 19th Century

  • Dickinson Electronic Archives 
    A repository for the study of resources related to Emily Dickinson. Provides a digital collection of Dickinson that contains writings, drawings, and criticism.
  • Emily Dickinson Archive 
    Emily Dickinson Archive makes high-resolution images of Dickinson’s surviving manuscripts available in open access, and provides readers with a website through which they can view images of manuscripts held in multiple libraries and archives
  • The Walt Whitman Archives 
    Provides digital version of every edition of Leaves of Grass. Site provides biography, bibliography and criticism.
  • Radical Scatters: Emily Dickinson's Fragments and Related Texts, 1870-1886   
    Eighty-two documents carrying over one hundred fragmentary texts composed by Dickinson in the final decades of her life. In addition to the core texts, the archive’s primary materials include fifty-three poems, letters, and other writings by Dickinson with direct links to the fragments. While the manuscripts of the fragments are housed at the Amherst College Library, the manuscripts of the related texts are divided among seven libraries.
  • Thoreau Reader 
    Provides Annotated texts of Thoreau's more popular writings. The site also includes useful secondary sources, such as maps of areas that Thoreau wrote about.
  • Transcendentalists 
    Offers fully searchable texts of Emmerson and Thoreau as well as other transcendentalists.
  • The American Novel 
    Site which provides a time line of America novels. It also provides basic information regarding authors, historical context and overall influence of the novels.
  • U.S. History - Primary Resources for 19th Century 
    UW Libraries' History Subject Guide.

20th Century to Contemporary

  • The American Novel 
    Site which provides a time line of America novels. It also provides basic information regarding authors, historical context and overall influence of the novels.
  • American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century 
    A great starting point for the researching of the Modernist era.
  • Willa Carther Archive 
    The University of Nebraska hoasts this website which includes her letters and writings, as well as, extensive secondary sources.
  • William Faulkner: American Writer, 1897-1962 
    Hosted by the University of Mississippi the website includes biography, comprehensive list of publications, commentary on each of his novels and list of characters. The site also provides a list films based on his stories.
  • The Ernest Hemingway Collection 
    The JFK Library holds 9O percent of Hemingway's original manuscripts. The link has numerous pictures of Hemingway, as well as, a list of other online resources
  • Langston Hughes National Poetry Project 
    University of Kansas created this site in 2002 in response to Hughes' 100th birthday. The site contains a detailed list of works published by Hughes and regarding Hughes. There is also a detailed list of other useful websites.
  • Edith Wharton Society 
    This website provides biographical and chronological information and links to full text, novels, stories and poetry.
  • The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies 
    An informative regarding John Steinbeck. While you will find several links still under construction the information that is available is in depth and of scholarly nature.