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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.

Photogrammar, photogrammar.yale..., is a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI). Browse by county, photographer, and date.

Library of Congress: Immigration presentation…-

Search the National Archives for images, documents, videos, and more.

Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today.

Historical Voices, www.historicalvoi... indexes collections of audio recordings/spoken word collections.

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.

FBI Records: The Vault, vault.fbi.gov/ includes thousands of digitized FBI documents from throughout the organization's history. Browse by topic or search for keywords.

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..

Frick Art Reference Library Digital Image Archive.

Wellcome Images, wellcomeimages.org/ Hi-res historical images are available to download from this site free of charge, for any usage, under a Creative Commons Attribution Only – CC-BY licence.

US Patent & Trademark Office, Patent full-text database search.

US Government Printing Office is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government. Link goes to the search of the Catalog of US Govt publications.

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.

The Avalon Project, avalon.law.yale.e... Documents in law, history, and diplomacy, ranging from ancient to modern times.

Internet Medieval Sourcebook, www.fordham.edu/...

The Papers of Jefferson Davis, jeffersondavis.ri... Letters and speeches of Jefferson David, the President of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Look under Archives > Documents to access what's available online.

Smithsonian American Art Museum, americanart.si.edu/

South Asian American Digital Archive, www.saadigitalarc... SAADA documents & preserves stories that represent the experiences of South Asian Americans. Includes photos & documents from 1860 onward.

The Journals of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, lewisandclarkjour... Features the full text — almost five thousand pages — of the journals of the Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery, 1803-1806.

UC San Diego Digital Library Collections, libraries.ucsd.ed... Search or browse thousands of images, videos, and documents.

[Images/Photos] Getty Search Gateway; link goes directly to free image content search. *Images require attribution of: Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

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.