Social and Cultural History: Letters and Diaries Online

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Social and Cultural History: Letters and Diaries Online is a collection of primary sources from six separate databases (see below). It includes correspondence, autobiographies, interviews, and diaries in English written over the course of more than four centuries. It provides personal accounts by men and women from all walks of life of personal as well as historical events. There is extensive indexing that includes, for example, date, place, race and occupation, as well as personal event and historical event. Once you have retrieved a document within one of the six constituent databases, you can search further within that database using the menu bar above the document or continue to search in all six databases using the menu bar at the top.


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Dates covered

1558 to 2005.

Updating frequency

The database is complete.


Letters, diaries, autobiographies, and oral histories.

Type of coverage

Mostly HTML full text; occasionally audio files or videos.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Most of the material is from published sources. Search QuickSearch to locate print editions owned by the Rutgers University Libraries.

Producer/content provider

Various publishers.

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Alexander Street Press