Since its inception in 2009, the Archives Unbound program has published more than 400 collections. The roots of the program are in microfilm, and it offers targeted collections of interest to scholars engaged in research.

Particular strengths in the Archives Unbound program include U.S. foreign policy, U.S. civil rights, global affairs and colonial studies, and modern history. Broad topic clusters include African American studies, American Indian studies, Asian studies, British history, Holocaust studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies, LGBTQ+ studies, Middle East studies, political science, religious studies, women’s studies, and more. The Archives Unbound program consists of more than 300,000 documents totaling more than 13 million pages. Individual collections in the program range between 1,200 and 200,000 pages. 

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Explore Topics

The over 400 collections included in Archives Unbound can be accessed through a single search interface that also presents the collections in topically organized lists to help orient researchers and guide them to materials relevant to their area of study.

The topics listed below are the same topics listed within the Archives Unbound interface. Some collections may be listed under more than one topic area when the coverage they provide is interdisciplinary in nature.

Expand each topic area to reveal the depth and breadth of the uniquely valuable collections Archives Unbound provides.

  • African American Studies

    This is an interdisciplinary academic collection devoted to the study of the history, culture, and politics of African Americans, covering the tumultuous period from 1900 to present day. Researchers can explore a breadth of experiences ranging from U.S. nation-building in Liberia to Freedom Riders, the Rastafari movement, and FBI surveillance.

  • African Studies

    Covering a critical period of colonialism (19101940), this collection brings together primary source materials that enlighten the study of politics, culture, and history. It provides particular insight into German, Italian, British, Portuguese, and American influences as the world advanced toward World War II.

  • American Studies

    Supporting a deep dive into American culture, primary source materials in this collection help researchers explore music, art, literature, and cinema from all regions of the country in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

  • Asian Studies

    With extensive coverage of Japan, China, and Korea from 1910 to 1950, this collection supports the study of colonialism, politics, nationalism, military actions, government systems, economics, and even geography of Asia during a critical period of engagement with the Western nations.

  • British and European History

    This collection provides opportunities for an interdisciplinary examination of historical events in the United Kingdom and Europe. Included are U.S. classified country reports, newspapers, pamphlets, propaganda, and many other primary sources that give insight on specific regional changes during and after World War 2

  • Business and Economic History

    Covering topics such as commerce and trade, finance and economy, industrial history, and organized labor, these collections feature business history around the world. Whether it's commercial relations between Japan and the United States, labor equality in household work, Black economic empowerment, or the economy of the Third Reich, students and researchers will find a wealth of information.

  • Cultural Studies

    These collections feature perspectives on culture from Shakespeare to German folklore; moving pictures and the silent cinema to investigations of Communists in Hollywood; society, culture, and politics in Canada to literature, culture, and society in Depression-Era America; plus a library of books on etiquette and advice to provide guidance on our social interactions.

  • Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

    Queer history and the Men’s Movement offer interesting perspectives on the struggle for equality and social justice. The social, political, and cultural contributions of women throughout history are on display in international women’s periodicals dating from 1786 to the women’s and civil rights movements.

  • Health and Environmental Studies

    These collections help us learn how the environment and our health are closely related, as well as about critical issues to our society. Researchers can find documentation about international reaction to global warming and climate change, the development of environmental health policy, the war on drugs, and a clinical view of narcotic addiction and mental health issues. 

  • Holocaust Studies

    Deep and broad in its coverage, this collection incorporates anti-Semitic propaganda, correspondence from prisoners, documents from resistance groups, bank records from Nazi financiers, eyewitness accounts from concentration camps, and much more.

  • International Relations

    Diplomatic history, global foreign affairs, activists and activism, war and conflict, and colonialism are just some of the topics featured in these collections. Researchers can study the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, global trade and commerce, European colonialism in the early twentieth century, U.S. foreign policy, and the origins of the Cold War, among other topics.

  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies

    From Mafia activities in Cuba to the Mexican Revolution, and from political instability in Latin America to foreign relations in Caribbean states, this collection provides a broad variety of resources for the study of the varied, rich culture and history of Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Law, Politics, and Radical Studies

    The political and legal history of the United States is highlighted in the papers of politicians and the organizations that supported them, and documentation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department. These collections also feature materials about world communism and the evolution of the American militia movement.

  • Middle Eastern Studies

    Frequently studied and often misunderstood, the Middle East features a varied history and culture for in-depth study. This collection provides a multidisciplinary archive of materials to explore the region’s diplomatic initiatives, military actions, politics, economics, and natural resources.

  • Religious Studies

    The activities and effects of Christian evangelism around the world, the development of witchcraft as a religion, the growth of social activism in the United States, and more may be explored extensively in this broad collection of records, reports, and texts from religious organizations.

Product Features & Tools

Intuitive Search

Intuitive search that delivers organized results, with highlighted keywords to facilitate research.

Publishing Schedule

Active publishing schedule, with multiple collections added annually.

Targeted Collection

Highly targeted at 5,000 to 200,000 pages per collection.


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