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The Humanities Department has made significant investments that will greatly benefit you throughout your studies.

Learning from the best at Northumbria isn’t just about being taught by staff members that are committed to helping you develop your skills to their full potential, it also means that you will have access to the best facilities and resources.

The Humanities Department has made significant investments that will greatly benefit you throughout your studies. Investments include not only the hiring of a significant number of highly research active staff in both History and English, but also direct support for students through studentships.

£600,000 has recently been invested in Humanities library resources, which is a great asset for teaching and learning, as well as research.

Staff members in English and History have also developed one-stop portals for you that provide access to a wealth of digital resources for your study, while the Humanities Learning Portal serves as your gateway to studying in the Humanities.

Nineteenth Century US Newspapers
Provides approximately 1.7 million pages of primary source newspaper content from the 19th century

American Civil War: Letters and Diaries
Contains 2,009 authors, approximately 100,000 pages of diaries, letters and memoirs and includes 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts.

Civil War: Antebellum Period to Reconstruction
Offers diverse views from all regions of the U.S. and includes 150 newspapers, as well as approximately 50,000 government documents and 4,000 rare broadsides and pieces of ephemera.

Pro Quest Historical Newspapers (United States)
ProQuest Historical Newspapers offers full page and article images with searchable full text for a range of US newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, the Washington Post and more.

Readex Newspaper Archive
This archive provides access to the following collections: World Newspaper Archive: African Newspapers, 1800-1922; World Newspaper Archive: South Asian Newspapers, 1864-1922; Archive of America: Ethnic American Newspapers; Early American Newspapers: All 19th Century material from 7 EAN series.

With more than a thousand academic journals and over 1 million images, letters and other primary sources, JSTOR is one of the world's most trusted sources for academic content.

Microfilm Resources
Huey P. Newton Papers and the Papers of the Revolutionary Action Movement
Civil Rights and the Johnson Administration Papers, 1963-1969

The facilities are great. The library has every book I could need for my course and the e-learning portal is helpful when it comes to finding journals and other sources for essays.

Christina Pascoe, BA (Hons) History

History Blog

History and American Studies Blog

A blog on all manner of research, publications, lectures, conferences, symposia, and more from Northumbria University's History and American Studies programmes.

Humanities Research

Department of Humanities Research

Research in Humanities is divided across two distinct areas: English (Literature, Language and Linguistics and Creative Writing) and History. Alongside these research areas we also have our American Studies research grouping, which draws on researchers from both English Literature and History.

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