Primary Sources

Ad*Access — Over 7,000 U.S. and Canadian advertisements dated between 1911 and 1955.

American Founding Era — These newly prepared digital editions of the papers of many of the major figures of the early republic are presented in a fully searchable and interoperable online environment.

American Life Histories — The histories describe the informant’s family education, income, occupation, political views, religion and mores, medical needs, diet and miscellaneous observations.

American Memory — 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 Memory: Voices from the Dust Bowl — Personal experience narratives of the Dust Bowl refugees who inhabited the migrant work camps.

Awesome Stories — gathering place of primary-source information in story format

Chronicling America Topics Page — Provides free access to millions of historic American newspaper pages

Digital History — Using new technologies to enhance teaching and research

Digital Public Library of America — online collection of millions of research resources from museums, archives, and libraries across the United States

Documenting America — The images in the FSA-OWI Collection are among the most famous documentary photographs ever produced. Created by a group of U.S. government photographers, the images show Americans in every part of the nation. In the early years, the project emphasized rural life and the negative impact of the Great Depression, farm mechanization, and the Dust Bowl. In later years, the photographers turned their attention to the mobilization effort for World War II.

EuroDocs — Online sources for European History

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History — American history website that features more than 60,000 unique historical documents

Internet Archive — offers free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as billions of archived web pages

Internet History Sourcebook Project — this site from Fordham offers a multitude of links to primary sources (note: some links are outdated)

LIFE Photo Archives — Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today.

National Archives Research Our Records — portal to the resources from the National Archives

New Deal for the Arts — During the depths of the Great Depression of the 1930s and into the early years of World War II, the Federal government supported the arts in unprecedented ways.

Open Library — access thousands of library records freely available including numerous full-text and primary sources. Check “Show only ebooks” to see the materials that are available online. In the search results, the books with the book icon next to the title are the ones that are available to read online.

Our Documents — 100 milestone documents of American history

Perseus Digital Library — makes available many materials and texts from time periods throughout history

Prelinger Archives — films of historic significance

Primary Source Village — a resource from UIUC created to educate about the value and uses of primary sources and how to find them

Smithsonian Collections Center — search catalog records of museum objects, and library & archives materials

Stanford History Education Group — includes projects and lesson plans related to the primary sources of United States history; see the Reading Like a Historian curriculum

Story Corps — opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives

UK National Archives — A national archive of the UK

Univ of Michigan: Making of America — a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction

Vanderbilt Television News Archive — extensive and complete archive of television news