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Primary Source Materials


  • AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History
    Maintained by George Laughead and Dr. Lynn H. Nelson; Kansas Heritage Group, documents range from year 800 through 2005.
  • American Journeys: Eyewitness Accounts of Early American Exploration & Settlement
    American Journeys contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in AD1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later.
  • American Memory from the Library of Congress
    American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.
  • American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920 (Library of Congress, American Memory)
    Published narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies and the United States and their observations and opinions about American peoples, places, and society from about 1750 to 1920. Also included is the thirty-two-volume set of manuscript sources entitled Early Western Travels, 1748-1846, published between 1904 and 1907.
  • Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History & Diplomacy
    Includes documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government as well as linked supporting documents expressly referred to in the body of the text. Inlcludes ancient documents from 4000 bce to the present.
  • Discovering American Women's History Online
    From Middle TennesseeState University, these digital collections include primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States. These diverse collections range from Ancestral Pueblo pottery to interviews with women engineers from the 1970s.
  • Duke University Digital Collections
    Includes primary documemnts and images from a wide range of categories such as Advertising, African-American History, Art, Literature, Music, Photography, Human Rights, Transcultural Experiences, Women's History, & Soviet Russia.
  • EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History (BYU)
    From Prehistory through Europe as a supranational region. Searchable by country.
  • First American West: The Ohio River Valley 1750-1820
    Original historical material documenting the land, peoples, exploration, and transformation of the trans-Appalachian West from the mid-eighteenth to the early nineteenth century. The collection is drawn from the holdings of the University of Chicago Library and the Filson Historical Society of Louisville, Kentucky. Among the sources included are books, periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, scientific publications, broadsides, letters, journals, legal documents, ledgers and other financial records, maps, physical artifacts, and pictorial images.
  • Famous Speeches & Audio (History Channel)
    Includes speeches from U.S. Presidents, World War I - the 911 Attacks; American, Black & Women's History, British History, Middle East History, World Leaders, Science, Sports, Olympic Games, Entertainment, Disasters & Crime.
  • Making of America (University of Michigan)
    A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.
  • Our Documents (U.S. Primary Source Documents)
    History buffs, trivia lovers, and engaged citizens and students alike will enjoy visiting Our Documents, a primary source website that showcases 100 of the most important U.S. documents ever written. See George Washington's Inaugural Address--written in his own hand--and more!
  • Perry-Casteneda Library Historical Map Collection
    From the University of Texas, historical maps depicting the growth of the United States and select cities as well as International, thematic (ethnography, climate, energy, political, etc.) and basemaps.
  • United States Historical Census Data (University of Virginia Library)
    Contains data files that describe the people and economy of each state and county from 1790 to 1960.
  • Women Working, 1800-1930 (Harvard University Library)
    A digital exploration of women's impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression. Working conditions, workplace regulations, home life, costs of living, commerce, recreation, health and hygiene, and social issues are among the issues documented in this online research collection from Harvard University.