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Primary Sources

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Notable National Collections

Chronicling America

Newspapers from 1789-1963, made keyword searchable by the Library of Congress.

Digital Public Library of America

Digitized primary source sets from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions.

Library of Congress Digital Archives

Peruse correspondence, diaries, writings, naval records, scrapbooks, and many other primary sources held by the Library of Congress.

National Archives

Online portal to the National Archives' digitized records, including those from the Access to Archival Databases (AAD), Electronic Records Archives (ERA), and Presidential Libraries web pages.

Smithsonian Libraries Digital Collections

Includes over 35,000 digitized books and manuscripts (available in the Digital Library or as part of the Biodiversity Heritage Library) as well as digitized photo collections.

Global Primary Sources

Voice of the Shuttle

A large database incorporating links to primary sources from many countries over the centuries.


Web portal containing digitized museum collections of more than 3,000 institutions across Europe. Created by the European Union. 

Asia for Educators

Documents and speech transcriptions spanning movements and figures from Confucius to Mao Zedong. Appropriate for studies in world history, culture, geography, art, and literature.



Holds wide variety of online Sources for European history, including transcriptions, facsimiles, and translations.

UK National Archives

Archives iconic national documents for the UK government, England, and Wales. Explore digital collections, legislation, and even the Twitter feed from Downing Street, all preserving the public record.