Church History


    General Historical Resources

    The Library facilitates many research databases to assist patrons. Some of these databases are available onsite only. Please consult a staff member if you have questions.

    19th-Century British Library Newspapers

    Contains full runs of 48 newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent 19th-century Britain.

    19th-Century U.S. Newspapers 

    Contains partial runs of approximately 250 small, lesser-known newspapers published throughout the United States.

    America: History and Life with Full Text

    The definitive database of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.

    American Civil War: Letters and Diaries

    Over 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, and memoirs from the Civil War.

    American Civil War Research Database

    Military records from the Civil War. Resource for researching the individuals, regiments, and battles of the American Civil War.

    Historic Map Works

    Over 100,000 land ownership maps detailing the geographic and development history of the United States since its beginnings.

    Historical Abstracts

    An abstracts resource that covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present.

    Images of the American Civil War

    Photographs, posters, and ephemera from the Civil War. Currently holds over 12,200 images.


    A not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build on a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive of over 1,000 academic journals and other scholarly content.

    Online archive of newspapers from across the United States, spanning more than 400 years. Includes the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Original Sources

    This compilation of historical sources comprises original documents, eyewitness accounts, and historical accounts. It includes  the following categories: World History, U.S. History, Social Science, Science and Mathematics, Political Science and Law, Philosophy and Religion, Literature, and Language.

    Oxford English Dictionary

    Gives the usage, etymology, and definition of words. A guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words—past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

    Paper Trail

    Journals and histories of pioneers who headed west to Oregon, California, Utah, and Montana. Search diaries, letters, remembrances, and newspaper articles. The preliminary searches can be done for free, but a subscription is required to access reports and surveys. On-site patrons may inquire at the reference desk for more information.

    Social and Cultural History: Letters and Diaries Online

    Allows students, scholars, and online researchers to experience the past through thousands of private writings and personal narratives. More than 8,000 individual writers are represented in the collection, and the materials provide windows into history dating from 1675 to the present.

    The Times (London)

    Digital archives of complete edition of the London Times newspaper, from 1785 to 1985.

    Utah Digital Newspapers Project

    Holds over 1,000,000 pages of historic Utah newspapers and grows monthly. Newspapers can be browsed by issue or searched by key words, article titles, weddings, deaths, and births.

    Women and Social Movements in the United States

    A resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women’s history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000.

    World Vital Records

    Wide variety of international and national records.