American History Primary Sources
From Golden Telescope Research Guides
- Look in table of contents for "Primary Documents" or "Primary Source Documents."
Primary and Secondary Sources - What's the difference?
- Using Primary Sources on the Web- American Library Association
- 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
- 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.
- History On-Line is a section of the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) website. It provides information resources for the teaching and learning of history. There are currently over 40,000 records providing details of books and articles, UK university lecturers (teachers), UK current and past research (theses), and evaluated links to history-related websites.
- 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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