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Gateway to history at CMU. General history resources, subject specific resources, and class resources for historical research.
You must reserve a seat to study in the libraries. You must have a CMU ID card to enter.
Stacks are closed. All print materials can be requested:
Print Books: Contactless pickup. Find the item in the catalog, and use the request function in the catalog (be sure to be signed into the catalog. You'll see your name in the upper right hand corner if you are). You can also request a scan of part of or a chapter of a book. Use the scan request in the catalog. Videos: How to Request a Book and How to Request Digital Scans of Print Items.
Print journals: Find the journal issue in the catalog, and use scan request in catalog to get an article (be sure to be signed into the catalog. You'll see your name in the upper right hand corner if you are). Video: How to Request Digital Scans of Print Items.
Most academic libraries are restricted to use by their faculty, students, staff. Carnegie Public Library is closed to the public, with curbside and virtual services still available.
Interlibrary loan and EZ Borrow (ways of getting materials we don't have from other libraries) may be affected by closure, staffing issues, etc. at the holding library.
A U.S. national data and mapping tool and analytics platform with multidisciplinary applications. Useful for social sciences, urban studies, real estate and housing analysis, community and economic development, public administration, public health, policy and political science, education, business, economics, statistics, and geography, among others. Includes thousands of U.S. data indicators for demographic and socioeconomic analysis, from a neighborhood census block group in many cases, up to a national level.
Essential primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000. The core US and UK trade magazines covering film, music, broadcasting and theater are included, together with film fan magazines and music press titles. Magazines have been scanned cover-to-cover in high-resolution color, with granular indexing of all articles, covers, ads and reviews.
The complete archives of the US and UK editions of Harper's Bazaar magazine, a fashion, arts, and culture authority from 1867 to the present. Scanned in full color, it features detailed indexing and searchable text.
Comprehensive archive (1897 to 2005) of the weekly British culture and lifestyle magazine, Country Life, focusing on fine art and architecture, the great country houses, and rural living. Every page is fully searchable, and reproduced in full color and high resolution. Country Life Archive presents a chronicle of more than 100 years of British heritage, including its art, architecture, and landscapes, with an emphasis on leisure pursuits such as antique collecting, hunting, shooting, equestrian news, and gardening.
The complete digital version of more than 77 years of the prominent weekly news magazine dating back to its first issue in March, 1923 through December, 2000 in a comprehensive cover-to-cover format. Published weekly by Time Inc., the magazine has focused on conveying to a broad audience a wide range of topics, including national and international current events, politics, sports, health, technology, and entertainment.
Archive of magazines in the field of education, ranging from the early 20th to 21st centuries. The publications are aimed at teachers and other educational professionals and chart the evolution of educational policy, practice and theory.
Books, pamphlets and periodicals reflecting the evolution of a feminist consciousness and the movement for women's rights. The Gerritsen Collection has since become the greatest single source for the study of women's history in the world.
Largest African American oral video history archive in the world. The site works best in Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. It uses the style "object-fit" which may not yet be supported in Edge and is not supported in IE, so image aspect ratios may show incorrectly in those browsers.
An extensive collection of the famed photojournalism magazine, spanning its very first issue in November, 1936 through December, 2000 in a comprehensive cover-to-cover format. Published by Time Inc., the magazine has featured story-telling through documentary photographs and informative captions. Each issue visually and powerfully depicted national and international events and topical stories, providing intimate views of real people and their real life situations.
New to Carnegie Mellon or the CMU History Department?
I'm so glad you've chosen Carnegie Mellon and the History Department for your studies! Welcome to the campus, and welcome to a library guide that I hope will be of help to you during your time here. Each department at Carnegie Mellon has a librarian that is responsible for specialized reference services, class instruction in library resources, and managing the book and journal budgets. My name is Sue Collins and I am the librarian for the history department (as well as part of Engineering and Public Policy). I am based in Hunt Library (the Social Sciences and Humanities library). Don't hesitate to ask for help at any point in your career here.
At Carnegie Mellon, each department and/or school has a librarian assigned to it. As the librarian to the history department, I buy the history books for the library. I also prepare library guides (like this one!) that help users understand what resources we have for their research and teaching interests. Upon request, I also can do instruction sessions on particular history topics or resources. In addition, I explain and inform the history faculty and students about library policies and other related library information they need to know. I am available, by appointment or via email, for research consultations, helping you find the best resources for your topic or how best to use the resources that we have. I also serve on several library committees and work on library projects when necessary.