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History - Primary Sources

General Sources

Historical Documents


American Memory

American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections on topics as wide-ranging as agriculture, art & architecture, business & economics, geography, performing arts, religion, sports, and technology.

American Studies at the University of Virginia

This site contains several collections of primary source material. Selecting "Cultural Maps" will acess historical maps of the United States and list links to maps at other websites. Select the "30s" will give a menu of film, radio programs, bibliographies and features of life from the 1930's. Selecting "Hypertext" produces a list of United States literature containing works such as Emerson's "Representative Men" or Booker T. Washington's "Up from Slavery" or the WPA's "American Slave Narratives". All of the literary works have been digitalized and are available in full text.

Avalon Project at Yale Law School

The Avalon Project posts digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government from the pre-18th century to the present. Major collections include colonial charters, the Constitution, the Cold War, Treaties between the U.S. & Native Americans, and World War II to name just a few.

Literature and Culture of the American 1950's

Mountain West Digital Library

A central search portal for digital collections about the Mountain West region that provides free access to over 700,000 resources from universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, historical societies, and government agencies, counties, and municipalities in Utah, Nevada, and other parts of the U.S. West.

New Jersey Digital Highway 

preesens a collection on New Jersey history and culture, with focus on immigration. Try a search using "women" or "suffrage" as keywords.  

Rutgers Oral History Project (

Our Documents initiative

Access to 100 milestone documents of American history. These documents reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to "form a more perfect union."