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Steam engine of the Grand Canyon Railroad, circa 1980 and 2006


Depending on your area of research, there are many databases that the Library subscribes to that may be of interest. Some of these databases may be available to you in other venues either at a public library or through a university system, but to access the databases we subscribe to you have to be on the campus of the Library of Congress. Many of them are archives of newspapers and their advertisements from around the country and can be helpful in finding information of a more regional nature.

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BERA - Business & Economics Research Advisor - A Quarterly Guide to Business & Economics Topics

Issue 19/20: Spring 2014
Updated: Spring 2018

RAILROADS: Historical Research Sources at the Library of Congress

Table of Contents

General Resources
Cost of Operations
      Finance & Revenue
      Wages & Compensation
      Print Indexing
Maps and Time Tables
Accidents and Safety
The Transcontinental Railroad New Resource
Internet Resources
LC Subject Headings

Caption (image left):
Steam engine of the Grand Canyon Railroad.
    Carol Highsmith, photographer.
From the Carol M. Highsmith Archive
Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs Division
Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-highsm-15602

Contains the full text of primary source material from 18th and 19th century American periodicals and newspapers.

America: History and Life

Part of the EBSCO suite of databases, this database is an index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. With indexing for 1,700 journals from 1964 to present, this database is a good bibliographic reference tool for students and scholars of U.S. and Canadian history.

American Periodicals Series

Like Proquest Historical Newspapers, this database is good for company information but is also good for articles, commentaries, travelogues on travel by railroad. It contains over 1,100 periodicals that first began publishing between 1740 and 1900. Includes American Railway Times (1849 - 1859) and Railway Times (1860 - 1872), etc.

America's Historical Newspapers, 1690-1922

America's Historical Newspapers features full text cover-to-cover reproductions of hundreds of historic newspapers published in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Applied Science and Business Periodicals Retrospective

Index database for more than 2,000 periodicals covering events, issues and trends in the history of the applied sciences, business and industry, and technology. Includes the complete content of Industrial Arts Index (1913-1957); Applied Science & Technology Index Retrospective (1913-1983); and Business Periodicals Index Retrospective (1913-1983).

Chronicling America

Chronicling America is a free source of historical local newspapers. Not all places are covered but newspapers are added.


This database contains full text issues of Harper's Weekly (1857-1912) and is good for more general news and information.

Historical Statistics of the United States Millennial Edition

This is an update on the free Census-based Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970. It is subscription based and data and articles are downloadable.


This database collection of full-text, keyword-searchable academic journals (mostly or completely full runs) dating back to the late 17th century. Of particular interest are: Business History Review, Bell Journal of Economics and Management Science, Journal of Economic History, The Journal of Land & Public Utility Economics, etc.

Mergent WebReports / Mergent WebArchive

This database contains the Mergent / Moody's Manuals. The Manuals provide extensive historical and current information for public companies worldwide, including history, chronology, acquisitions, mergers, spin-offs, properties, joint ventures, subsidiaries, officers and directors, consolidated income and balance sheets, long term debit, options, and other financial data. Also includes historical annual reports.

Nineteenth Century Masterfile

Is an "Index of Indexes" for historical research prior to 1925 with over 8 million citations. It contains over 60 subject indexes to: Periodicals, Newspapers, Books, US Congressional Record, U.S. and UK Government Documents, and U.S. Patents. Contains inform from the print title W. F. Poole's Index to Periodical Literature.


Includes local newspapers from all over the United States. Date coverage varies depending on the newspaper.

Nineteenth Century US Newspapers Digital Archive

Contains primary source newspaper content from nearly 250 American newspapers published during the 19th century.

PAIS International

This database cites articles chronicling global public policy and social issues, the Public Affairs Information Service provides access to over 3,600 periodicals, books, hearings, reports, gray literature, government publications, Internet resources, and other publications from 120 countries. Covers the years 1915-present.

ProQuest Historical Annual Reports

The library does have some annual reports for companies on microfiche (see Financial & Cost of Operating section) we also have a database that has historical annual reports of companies.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers & Periodicals

Historical copies of the following papers are searchable and are included in imaged format. Date coverage varies from paper to paper, but this is a good source of general, company news, and advertisements. Atlanta Constitution, Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Amsterdam News, New York Times, Pittsburgh Courier, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and other papers added when purchased.

Readers' Guide Retrospective

This database provides access to nearly 100 years of citations from more than 500 leading popular periodicals and magazines covering the period between 1890 and 1982.

Last Updated: 04/14/2014

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