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History : Primary Sources

Primary Sources


For personal diaries click on Advanced tab of the Library Catalog. In the first box enter: personal narratives, diaries, correspondence (any of these) WITHIN: select: Subject. In the next box add your subject such as Civil War (as a phrase).

Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy  - Yale

Historical Text Archives    Selected full-text primary documents arranged geographically


European and World History

Euro Docs - Primary documents  - BYU

Black Death and Society: Primary Sources - Duke U

Decameron Web - Plague - Brown University

Internet Medieval  Sourcebook - Fordham

Women in World History  - George Mason U     

World War I Document Archive  - BYU


United States History

The library has collected papers and writings of most all the U.S. Presidents and early statesmen such as Benjamin Franklin. Search person as author in the library catalog.

Annals of America E 173.094 vol 1-21. Source materials and original writings

Historic Documents E 839.5 H57, 1972-1998, 2000-2012

AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History 

American Memory The Library of Congress provides online access to its unique collections of historical Americana including written and spoken words, photographs, maps, music, and moving pictures.

Primary Documents in American History - Documents dated 1775 to 1870 from the Library of Congress

100 Milestone Documents - U.S. documents dated 1776 to 1965 from the Library of Congress

Founders Online - Searchable correspondence and other writings of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison.

Women in Government Documents -United States Women's History 1879-Present - U of Montana

World War I U.S. Government Posters - UVA

 World War I Posters - Library of Congress

World War I Poster Collection: Answering the Call - Illinois State U

Historic Government Publications from World War II  - SMU

New York Times (1851-2008) ProQuest Historical Newspapers