American History Primary Sources

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Books

  • Look in table of contents for "Primary Documents" or "Primary Source Documents."

Databases

Select "Publication Type" "Primary Source Document"
Click the "Advanced" next to the search box.
In the Document Type box, select the Primary Source limiter.
Select "Primary Source" tab

Websites

Online access to print, pictorial and audio-visual collections and other digital services from the Library of Congress. Includes categories of American History & Culture, Legislative Information, Performing Arts and Prints and Photographs, Sports and Recreation, Science, Technology and Business, and News, Journalism and Advertising.
  • Collection of Primary Documents from U.S. history.
In the Search Online section of the front page, select Online Public Access for general searches
To search by time period, select Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
Maps, government documents, letters, photographs.
Search by battle name. Many other primary sources related to the battle will display as well.
Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy
Developed in 1998 by the American Social History Project/Center for Media & Learning, City University of New York, and the Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, with initial funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, this website contains primary documents in text, image, and audio about the experiences of ordinary Americans throughout U.S. history. All of the documents have been screened by professional historians and are accompanied by annotations that address their larger historical significance and context. Browse the list of documents below (sorted by time period, beginning with the earliest)
Best of History Web Sites was created in 2001 by Tom Daccord, 15-year history teacher and co-director of EdTechTeacher, Inc. Best of History Web Sites contains links to over 1200 history-related web sites that have been reviewed for quality, accuracy, and usefulness including a link to oral history.
Collection of links to text documents dating from the 15th Century to the present with special sections devoted to the Civil War, Reconstruction & Progressive Period, First & Second World War with the interwar & postwar periods, Cold War, and Vietnam.
When using a search engine (Google, Yahoo...) use your topic keyword combined with keywords specific to the documents that you want, such as "diary," "photograph," "document," "treaty," "article,"...not "primary document"
Includes links to local, state and national newspaper collections
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