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Zibro | Advanced Studies in U.S. History

Primary Sources

A primary source is an original work by a participant or witness to any particular event or place in time.  Primary sources allow you to view and analyze photographs, news reports, plays, literature, diaries, letters, legal documents and other material from the time of your event. While secondary sources have already interpreted and analyzed the source, looking at primary documents and objects allows you to think for yourself and form your own opinions.

Databases for Primary Sources

Websites for Primary Sources

American Archives

Digital Public Library of America

Digital Collections

The National Archives

The Avalon Project Documents

Digital Collections

The New York Times Archive
[only on campus]

Slavery Images
[only on campus]

Fold3 Military Records
[only on campus]