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Historical New York Times Online
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Full text archive of Harper's Weekly from the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. Includes all pages as scanned images.
Historic Sears Catalogs
Searchable full text, with illustrations, for Sears Catalogs from 1896-1993. Invaluable for researching any items the average family might purchase during those time periods.
Godey's Lady's Books
Full text of this women's periodical from 1854-1882. Topics addressed include fiction, poetry, fashion and home furnishings (often including patterns), and cooking.