NFS Research Database

The following is a searchable database featuring hundreds of digitized, (mostly) Open Access archival materials and collections on the history of fascist, authoritarian, and right-wing populist movements and dictatorships during the 20th and 21st centuries. In addition to the perspectives of right-wing groups and regimes, the voices of their political opponents and victims are featured as well. While these primary sources range from the early 20th century to the present, the bulk of the materials pertain to the interwar decades and the Second World War (1920s-1940s). We hope that this project will serve as a useful research tool for our community of scholars and interested members of the general public.

The database can be used for research in a variety of ways. If you are looking for a particular type of primary source, such as oral histories, you can search the database using the drop-down list labeled “Category.” If you’re interested only in primary sources written in a certain language or from a particular location, you could type “Czech” into the search bar under “Language,” or “Greece” under the “Countries” search field. Upon clicking “Search,” you will find all of the relevant information for the information you entered, including its holding institution and a URL (under “Launch”) to begin exploring the collection. If you would like to save a printed record of your search queries, you can use the “Excel” or “PDF” buttons, which will generate an exportable document of your current search results. If you would prefer to copy and paste the contents of your search results into another document of your choosing, you can use the “Copy” button.

This research database will continue to expand as we add new entries and refine our search functionality (i.e. via keywords) for the items already listed. If you know of other digitized sources or collections that you would like to share with our community, please send a message to the project’s co-creator, Sophie Wunderlich, at the following email address: