Social and Cultural History: Letters and Diaries Online
combines all of the content from Alexander Street’s
seven award-winning collections of letters, diaries, and
oral histories together with a growing archive of
additional content in what is the single most
comprehensive archive of social memory ever created
Brought together under a unified search interface is
all the premium content from the following Alexander
Street individual collections:
Women's Letters and Diaries
Letters and Diaries (from the American Antiquarian
-British and Irish Women's Letters and
-The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries
-North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral
-Black Thought and Culture
Combined, the materials in this vast collection offer
something entirely new and critically important for
history research—personal, contemporaneous, first-person
accounts—history as experienced by the individuals who
lived through and created it. The voices of ordinary
people, unheard until now, live alongside those of
famous figures. These are primary documents in the
Ways to use the
Use these to see what's contained in the database. This is the best
way to check whether an author or a source is included. To use this
tool, simply click on the appropriate table of contents button on
the navigation bar.
-- The "FIND" tools let you search for specific authors and sources
that the database contains and combine criteria to narrow down what
you're looking for. The difference between the "FIND" tools and the
"SEARCH" tools (explained next) is in the results they give. The
"FIND" tools do not return documents, but rather lists of authors
and sources in the database.
-- The "SEARCH" tools let you analyze words and documents that occur
within the text of stories that meet your search criteria. The
"SEARCH" tools return stories or bibliographic citations or both.
Operators in Full-Text Searching:
line ( | ) is the OR operator (e.g., avarice|greed or holy
as the AND operator in sentence and paragraph Proximity Searching
(e.g., church state retrieve all cases where church and state appear
in the same specified context; this is not the case in phrase
expressions can be combined for more sophisticated searches; for
finds any of the three adjectives together with the nouns man or
fellow in the singular or plural.
Characters in Full-Text Searching:
single character (e.g., gentlem.n will retrieve gentleman and
string of characters, anchoring the match at the beginning of a word
(e.g., cigar* will match cigar, cigars, cigarette, etc.).
string of characters, anchoring the match at the end of a word (e.g.,
*habit will retrieve habit, cohabit, and inhabit), or in the middle
(e.g., c.*eers matches compeers, cheers, and careers).
characters entered or the characters entered plus one more character in
place of the question mark (e.g., hono.?r matches both honor and honour
and cat.? matches cat and cats, but not cathedral, Catherine, etc.).
single character found in the specified range (e.g., [c-f]at will match
cat, dat, eat, and fat) or any letters within the brackets (e.g.,
civili[zs]e will match both civilize and civilise).
# (hash mark):
capitalized words only (e.g., #bacon will retrieve Bacon, but not
bacon). Otherwise word searches are case insensitive. Please note that
this operator does not work properly in conjunction with the vertical
bar (e.g., searching #hamlet|#bacon will not retrieve accurate results).
accented and non-accented forms (e.g., to search naïveté regardless of
accents type naIvetE).
You may access
Social and Cultural History: Letters and Diaries Online from anywhere
with a valid APSU ID.