Primary & Historical Sources
Collection of sources for original materials or documents written or created during the time period being studied. This can range from diaries and art to the text of laws, speeches, and news footage. Secondary sources may include bits of primary source material but will be more analytical of the event; the authors were not involved, either.
Discovering American Women's History Online, digital.mtsu.edu/... This database provides access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States. These diverse collections range from Ancestral Pueblo pottery to interviews with women engineers from the 1970s.
Database of and index to 5000+ full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interv...
American Decades Primary Sources is a ten-volume collection of more than two thousand primary sources on twentieth-century American history and culture. Look for this electronic resource in Gale Virtual Reference Library database..
US Patent & Trademark Office, Patent full-text database search.
Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: a fully searchable database containing information on the voyages, the captives, and the places from which slave ships sailed and landed. It contains maps, a timeline, images, and essays that place the data in context. There are reams of statistics in tables, timelines, and maps, and researchers can search the data and create custom xy graphs, bar graphs, and pie-charts.
NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.
The Open Collections Program offers new, virtual collections of thematically linked material selected from numerous Harvard repositories. Each collection is easily searchable on the web. Collections include: Reading, Islamic Heritage Project, Expeditions and Discoveries, Contagion, Immigration to the United States 1789-1930, & Women Working.
Miller Center Presidential Speech Archive, millercenter.org/... The Scripps Library, through cooperation with various presidential libraries, has been collecting some of the most important presidential speeches in American history. These speeches all have transcripts, and some are available in their entirety in audio or video.