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From Slavery to Modern Times

How do we share the struggles and triumphs of those who have preceded us … who have shaped our modern lives and made the world what it is today? We follow the trail history leaves us: the images, notes, diaries, and articles that document lives and events. These artifacts take us back and immerse us in times and places, helping us to relive a struggle, to feel a triumph, to share an emotion that transcends time.

ProQuest’s goal is to empower libraries to open the paths that history has left us with primary source collections such as:

With extraordinary depth and breadth, these collections enable exploration of topics related to the arts, history, literature, philosophy, political science, religion, sociology, and genealogy. And, researchers can take research deeper with:


Oral Histories, Biographies, Genealogy, and Cultural Impact

Slavery and the Black Freedom Struggle around the World

The beauty of primary sources is their ability to deliver candid views of history. With their unpolished and unfiltered views, such History Vault collections as Southern Life and African American History, Plantation Records plus Slavery and the Law have earned acclaim from scholars, librarians, and reviewers.

  • History Vault Collections:
    • Slavery and the Law
    • Southern Life and African American History, Plantation Records, Parts 1 & 2
    • Confederate Military Manuscripts and Records of Union Generals and the Union Army
    • Reconstruction and Military Government after the Civil War
  • Black Abolitionist Papers: Primary sources of Black activists in the global abolitionist movement, from1830-1865.
  • Colonial State Papers: Original manuscripts relating to England’s governance of, and activities, in the West Indies during the period of colonization.
  • Civil War Era: Comprehensive full-image primary source materials cover a vast range of topics that led to the abolitionist movement.

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“These modules of History Vault are extraordinary, necessary historical resources. Highly recommended for libraries serving serious scholars of Southern, African American and women’s history.”
— Cheryl LaGuardia, Library Journal

American Civil Rights


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