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Primary Sources


"Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies such as Congress or the Office of the President, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons. These sources serve as the raw material to interpret the past, and when they are used along with previous interpretations by historians, they provide the resources necessary for historical research." - Reference and User Services Association


Newspaper Resources


Digital Public Library of America (DPLA): Primary Source Sets
Library of Congress Digital Collections

British History Online - http://www.british-history.ac.uk/Default.aspx  British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, it aims to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research

EuroDocs http://eudocs.lib.byu.edu/  Online Sources for European History 

Europeana 1914-1918 – http://www.europeana1914-1918.eu/en untold stories & official histories of WW1. Explore stories, films and historical material about the First World War.

Eyewitness to History - History through the eyes of those who lived it. http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/ World War I, II, 17th, 18th, 19th Centuries, Civil War, etc.

The French Revolution Digital Archive - Stanford University http://frda.stanford.edu The French Revolution Digital Archive (FRDA) is a multi-year collaboration of the Stanford University Libraries and the Bibliothèque ..

The Making of America -http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/moagrp/

Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. A collaborative effort between the University of Michigan and Cornell University, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

U.S. Founding Documents - https://www.congress.gov/founding-documents This gallery highlights resources designed to enhance study of a few significant primary source documents from American history. Includes U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence.

Using Primary Sources on the Web - RUSA

Written by the Instruction & Research Services Committee of the Reference and User Service Association History Section in the American Library Association. Defining, Locating and Evaluating Primary sources on the Web for both Americas and Europe.

Women in World History  http://chnm.gmu.edu/wwh/sources.php  Browse more than 200 primary sources by region or try the advanced search.

Western European Primary Historical Documents 

Digital Library of the National Library of France Gallica http://gallica.bnf.fr/

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