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Primary Sources: Digital Collections


Clips of Famous Speeches in History from the History Channel.

John Steinbeck Wins Nobel Prize

John Steinbeck Wins Nobel Prize (4:13)

Women Working: 1870-1930 (Harvard University Library)

Women Working: 1870-1930 (Harvard University Library)

Fully-digitized versions of books, manuscripts, pamphlets, consumer trade catalogs and photographs exploring women's roles in the US economy between the Civil War and the Great Depression.

Documenting the American South [UNC]

Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina)

A collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century.

Exploring the California Gold Rush

Exploring the California Gold Rush from the California State Library. A selected collection of materials from the Gold Rush era, including maps, journal pages, letters, books, pamphlets, newspapers, artworks, photographs, sheet music, and more.

University of Groningen: American History

logo with american flag that say American History

American History from Revolution to Reconstruction has a collection of primary sources from American History. It is organized by date.


Calisphere a world of primary sources and more

A great place to find primary sources related to California.

Library of Congress

Library of Congress

A great place to find primary sources related to U.S. History.  Search by topic:  Native American History, African American History, Immigration/American Expansion

  National Archives

DocsTeach is a collection of thousands of primary source documentson topics such as the Revolution and the new nation, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Great Depression and World War II, and other topics from the National Archives. 

Internet History Source Book: Modern History

Internet History Sourcebook: Modern History  A collection of primary sources from Forham University. Search by keyword or browse by subject.

Digital Public Library of America


A growing source of digital materials [many primary sources] from libraries, museums, and archives.

Searchable by timeline, maps, and keyword.

Shoah (Holocaust)

California Digital Newspaper Collection