Source Material

Our website contains massive amounts of high-quality published source material, most of which has never previously been available on the Internet or in any other accessible form, including over 500,000 print articles from the 19th and 20th Centuries.  The website also provides  convenient access to 400,000 readable books from the Open Library system, a million web columns, and many hundreds of thousands of online videos and films. All of this published content material is organized by author, date, title, and publication, and may be accessed via searches or browsed through a vast number of intermediate web pages.

One of the unique strengths of the system are the near-complete archives of publications which were once among the most prestigious or influential in America, but disappeared many decades ago, and are today almost totally forgotten, including:

Many of these periodicals once carried just as much influence and weight as their few modern surviving contemporaries of those days—The NationThe New RepublicHarper’s Magazine, and The Atlantic—and their disappearance means that a huge fraction of our historical knowledge has disappeared along with them. Furthermore, current access to the archives even for surviving publications is often expensive and inconvenient, greatly reducing their effectiveness as a mainstream research tools.

This system may constitute an important resource for research purposes, and greatly enhance our understanding of historical events.