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Research Resources

Free primary sources from slavery and the abolitionist movement, to the civil rights movement to the contemporary era.

A research and educational institution committed to preserving and making widely accessible the untold personal stories of both well-known and unsung African Americans.

To login into History Makers: Click "Access Through Your Institution" and search for Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries.
You can then login with your library card # or call a librarian at (304) 267-8933 for a password.

Every issue of each title includes full-page images in easily downloadable PDFs. Researchers can study the progression of views, events, people, and places over time through these historical newspaper pages, including articles, photos, advertisements, classified ads, obituaries, editorial cartoons and more.

Access to the five most respected U.S. national and regional newspapers: The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal.

A massive collection of multidisciplinary periodical and digital media content, designed for beginning and intermediate researchers. Editorially created pages provide valuable context for both common and unusual research topics.

The Pioneer Press (Martinsburg, W. Va.) 1882-19?? was the product of its founder and editor, John Robert "J.R." Clifford. A free black who had served in the Union army, Clifford graduated from Storer College in Harper's Ferry and passed the West Virginia bar in 1887.

The Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale.

The Virginia Gazette was the official newspaper of Virginia, printed in Williamsburg from 1736 until 1780. 

A Folk History of slavery in the United States from Interviews with former slaves.

For the databases listed below, call (304)267-8933 for login credentials.

Online history and science education resource database for educators, students, and researchers 

Provides an essential collection of genealogical & historical sources, U.S. Federal Censuses, books, bank records, unique primary sources, local & family histories, and more! 

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