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Primary Sources Help Students Become Better Researchers

ProQuest History Vault enables students to put today’s events into the context of history.


In today’s politically polarizing, information-saturated climate, primary sources help students see things through a different lens. With access to unique research materials – including manuscripts, personal papers, organizational records, letters, diaries, photographs and much more – they’ll develop the critical thinking skills they need to analyze information and draw their own conclusions. 


That’s why ProQuest History Vault is a staple in the world’s most prestigious libraries. 

The more than 18 million pages in History Vault: 

  • Cover the most widely studied topics in 18th- through 20th-century American history
  • Are organized into comprehensive modules meticulously curated by scholars and subject-matter experts 
  • Empower students to explore topics from the macro view to personal insights from ephemera like letters and diaries

Bring the Best to Your Library 

“Essential.” That’s the descriptor we most often hear about History Vault. ProQuest’s editors assess research and teaching trends to build the most comprehensive and inspiring collections covering the most profound topics.  

And ProQuest’s array of buying models means every library can include these premier resources in its collection 

Connect the Past with the Present Women’s Movement 

#metoo, reproductive rights, workplace equality. Enable students to explore these American battlegrounds – putting today’s headlines in historical perspective – with History Vault’s award-winning coverage.


Explore History Vault Collections in Women’s Studies


Discover the lasting impact of the principal founder and lifelong leader of the international birth control movement. Read the essay on why it’s important to have access to this content.
Read the correspondence and documentation from key organizations on almost every facet of women’s involvement in U.S. politics, including fighting for the right to vote and issues such as employment, childcare, healthcare and education.
Documenting voting rights, national politics and reproductive rights from national, regional and local leaders, including the Voluntary Parenthood League.

The Records of the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor provide a unique view into this investigative agency and source of public information and education that promoted the welfare of wage-earning women. Correspondence of the Director of the Women’s Army Corps documents issues such as recruiting, public support, conduct, education, gender roles and race for women who served during World War II.

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