Archives Unbound - History

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Archives Unbound - History

What is Archives Unbound?

Archives Unbound, a Gale Cengage product, is now free to all California public libraries in perpetuity from the California State Library.  This resource offers online access to primary source material from 296 archival collections covering topics of importance to U.S. and California historyArchives Unbound addresses students and scholars' pressing need to see primary, unpublished archival documents. Archives Unbound presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level.

How do I get Started?

  1. Have your library card ready (Don't have one? No problem! Check out our eCard registration page) 

  2. Click on the GO button above

  3. Log in with your library card and PIN


In house and remote access

Access to over 290 collections in many categories including:

  •       African American Studies

  •       Business History

  •       Colonial U.S. History

  •       County and Regional History

  •       Cultural Studies

  •       Environmental Studies

  •       Law and Legal Studies

  •       Native American Studies

  •       Social History

  •       Women’s Studies

  •       And much more!

Do a general search and search within results.

View primary source documents including newspapers, manuscripts and monographs

Create an account and save items of interest in your folder

Classic version available with archive collection listings: use the "Change Resources" link at the top right of the screen and select Archives Unbound

Available for use on

Any computer or device with a browser, Adobe Flash and internet access

Please note:
devices need to be flash enabled to view content. This issue will resolve summer of 2019. If your device does not have flash view these directions for content access. 

Mobile Access: There is a mobile app called “Access My Library” that can be used to access all Gale products we subscribe to including Archives Unbound, Biography In Context, Chilton Library, and Gale Primary Sources.

  • Download the app from any App or Play store and locate the nearest geographic library system.

  • The app usually does not require a card to log is as it uses geolocation for resource access.

  • The app is most useful for power searching across all Gale products subscribed to by an institution.

Need Help?

Contact us by emailphone or in person at any library branch

You can also browse through the Archives Unbound Help Pages located at the top of the resource.