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Guides for Reading Primary Sources : NCPedia

NCpediaGuides for Reading Primary Sources  Provided by NCPedia  

American History

America in the 1930s  An in-depth investigation of the 1930s, includes primary documents and media.
American Revolution  Massachusetts Historical Society
Archiving Early America Your window into America's Founding years.

Chronicling America - Digitized US newspaper articles (1836-1922)
Civil War Primary Documents : diaries, journals, letters, cartoons, photographs, art, poetry, literature and music.
Digital Library on American Slavery Various independent online collections focused on race and slavery in the American South.
Documenting the American South  (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Eyewitness to History - history through the eyes of those who lived it.

Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History US Primary sources and other resources

Library of Congress : Primary Source Sets  Includes Teacher's Guide for each unit.

Source Documents in US History - HistoryCentral

The Massachusetts Historical Society -The coming of the American Revolution 1774-1776.
The National Archives - digital vault collection of photographs.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire   (Cornell Univ.) Original documents, interviews with witnesses and survivors, photographs and illustrations, and tips on using primary sources.

Umbra Search  African American history from U.S. archives, libraries and museums

World War I Propaganda Posters : NCPedia listing.

Anchor a North Carolina History Online Resource  - search the site for NC primary sources


The American Folklife Center   Online collections.

American Memory  "Written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience".

Authentic History Center (Popular Culture)

Awesome Stories  pictures, slide-shows, videos, audio-clips, documents and other primary sources.

Calisphere  Over a million images, texts, recordings. Special collections. University of California.

Chronicling America   Historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages from the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
Digital Public Library of America   Photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Search by format to locate Primary Sources.
Duke Collection of American Indian Oral History   Oral histories collected from 1967-1972 from hundreds of Oklahoma Indians about all aspects of their lives.
Fed Flix  Video files from all aspects of U.S. history. Sponsored by the National Technical Information Service and the non-profit open government organization Public.Resource.Org (currently not available from school)
Indian Peoples of the Great Northern Plains   Photographs, paintings, ledger drawings, documents, serigraphs, and stereographs from 1874 through the 1940's. From Montana State University, the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, and Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, Montana.
LIFE Photo Archive   Images from U.S. and world history from the 1750s to the 2000s.
LOC Prints & Photographs Online Catalog   Photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings that document the history of the United States people. From the Library of Congress.

Library of Congress - Digital Collections
Library of Congress - Manuscript Room: digital images and searchable text.

Library of Congress : Primary Source Sets  Primary Source information on a wide variety of topics from the Library of Congress. Includes Teacher's Guide for each unit.

Minnesota Historical Society Digital Archive of Hats

National Jukebox - Library of Congress collection of recordings.

New York Public Library Digital Collections  "Over 800,000 images digitized from the New York Public Library's collections, including historical maps, vintage posters, photographs, and more."

Smithsonian Collections - online

TalkingHistory - Aural History Productions


Abraham Lincoln Papers  (US President 1861-1865)  The bulk of the papers consist of  letters from Lincoln's Springfield, Illinois days; national and regional political figures and reformers; and local people and organizations writing to their president.

Dwight Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home

JFK Library
John Adams: Adams Family Papers

Theodore Roosevelt Papers : includes more than a million Roosevelt documents : letters, cartoons, photos, films, scrapbooks, diaries and newspaper articles. 

Presidential Libraries and Museums  Brings together in one place the documents and artifacts of a President and his 

The American Presidency Project   Major publications of the U.S. Office of the President, including: public papers of the President, inaugural addresses, executive orders, radio addresses, party platforms, videos of debates, and popularity polling data. Developed by two political science professors at the University of California Santa Barbara.

US Government

Alexander Hamilton Papers   (ca. 1757-1804), first treasury secretary of the United States, consist of his personal and public correspondence, drafts of his writings (although not his Federalist essays), and correspondence among members of the Hamilton and Schuyler families.

Avalon Project (Yale Univ.) Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy - 1492 to present.

Charters of Freedom - Original U.S. documents

FBI : The Vault

100 Milestone Documents in U.S. History

Primary Sources in the Library

See the Primary Sources resource list in the library catalog for more titles.

Documents of Freedom : Textbook

                           (The Bill of Rights Institute)

World History

Asia for Educators - Primary Source Documents with Questions  Excerpts of primary source documents. Site is geared toward educators but is an excellent starting place for students seeking primary source materials related to Asian history.

COLLAGE - The London Picture Archive

David Runsey Map Collection   Rare 18th and 19th century maps of North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania.

Euratlas Historical Maps: History of Europe  Maps, photos, and more.

EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History  A rich collection of artifacts from BYU.

Eyewitness to History - history through the eyes of those who lived it.

International World History Project - essays, documents, maps and music.

Internet History Sourcebooks Project   This site links to online historic documents grouped into virtual sourcebooks on AncientMedieval, and Modern periods, with other sourcebooks focused on Byzantine studies, Africa, East Asia, Global, Indian, Islamic, Jewish, Lesbian & Gay, Science, and Women.

Smithsonian Collections - online

World Digital Library - Collected items from libraries and museums across the world. Background info provided on items that can be read or listened to in multiple languages.

Databases with Primary Sources


 Gifts of Speech

Women's Speeches from Around the World

Women's Suffrage in Sheet Music

Shakespeare Documented

Shakespeare Documented  : the largest and most authoritative collection of primary-source materials documenting the life of William Shakespeare (1564-1616).