Digital Primary Sources on the Web

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Missouri Digital Heritage

Large collection of digital resources from the state

United States General Collections
State of Alabama Digital Collections

There is a lot here, including both items (e.g. documents, photos, videos, sound files, maps) and databases (e.g., military records, voter registration lookups, and so on).

United States General Collections
Studs Terkel: Conversations with America 20

The Chicago Historical Society has made available oral history interviews conducted by Studs Terkel for his books (including Hard Times, The Good War, Race, and Division Street) and radio program.

United States Oral History
Immigration to the United States 19, 20

Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930, is a web-based collection of historical materials from Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the United States from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression.

Imigration, United States Images
Picture History 17, 18, 19, 20

A searchable database of images in American history, plus feature articles telling "the story behind the pictures."

United States Images
Making of America 17, 18, 19, 20

Full text of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. Particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.

United States General Collections
Internetarchiv Judischer Periodika

100 German-Jewish magazines and journals from the 18th to mid-20th centuries. Results, in German, are displayed as full page images.

Germany, United States, Imigration Images
Gallica 17, 18, 19, 20

Digitized collections from the French National Library includes full-text, images, and sound resources and content of interest across the disciplines.

France, Europe General Collections
Idaho Digital Archives

A smattering of other historical records, such as mining claims, court cases, and probate files, and civil war records

United States, Civil War General Collections
Western History Gallery

Large collection of photographs on the American West from the Denver Public Library.

Western Expansion, United States Images
FreeNewspapers Online

Free Newspaper Archives in the US

United States Newspapers & Magazines
New York Times Archives

chives from the time the newspaper began publishing in 1851 to 1922 are free of charge, as are articles published after 1987. Everything in between (1923 to 1986) you have to pay for - See more at:

United States Newspapers & Magazines
Anarchy Archives

A project of Claremont Colleges to provide the collected works of the major anarchists and an online history of anarchists and anarchist movements worldwide, including a graphics archive.

World General Collections
Archives of Maryland Online

historical documents that form the constitutional, legal, legislative, judicial, and administrative basis of Maryland's government.

United States General Collections
University of Iowa Digital Collection

A broad collection of digital sources from civil war to suffrage

United States General Collections
Seeking Michigan

A collection with a large Civil War section

Civil War, United States Images
The Oregon Multicultural Archives

The Oregon Multicultural Archives Digital Resources is multi-faceted, ranging from Chinese Disinterment (yes, it's what you think it is) to Braceros as farm labor.

Labor, United States, Imigration General Collections
German History in Documents and Images 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

GHDI is a comprehensive collection of original historical materials documenting German history from the beginning of the early modern period to the present.

Europe, Germany General Collections
Hawaii State Archives digital collections 19, 20

he digital collections aren't huge, but they do cut a broad and representative swath through Hawaii's extraordinary history

United States General Collections
Virginia Memory

Large Collection of Sources

General Collections
Kansas Memory

rich collection of materials organized into clearcut categories and subcategories, for ease of browsing

United States, Western Expansion, Civil War General Collections
South Dakota Digital Archives

Growing Collection of a mix of doucments

Western Expansion, Native America General Collections
Ohio Digital Archives

A collection of some digitized resrouces

United States Images
Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Digital Archives 20

A growing body of presidential and personal papers related to the FDR presidency. Included are the President's Secretary File(PSF); British & German Diplomatic files; US-Vatican Diplomatic files, Fireside chats; and the Hackett Papers.

United States, Foreign Relations, Great Depression Images, Goverment Documents
New Jersey Record Search

Primarly record driven archives

United States General Collections
Alaska Digital History

A wealth of historical photographs, albums, oral histories, moving images, maps, documents, physical objects, tribal histories, and other materials from libraries, museums, tribes, villages and archives throughout the state

United States, Native America Images
European Newspaper Archives

cover a broad swath of European and world history, from the 1600s to modern times

Europe Newspapers & Magazines
Atlantic Canada Portal: Virtual Archives 17, 18, 19, 20

The Atlantic Canada Portal maintains the Atlantic Canada Virtual Archives (ACVA), a virtual archive of primary source material relating to the Atlantic Provinces. Each collection features digitized documents and images, accompanied by learning activities and commentary, of interest to a wide range of readers.

North America, Canada Images
War Times Journal

Collections of primary sources on various military conflicts.

World, Foreign Relations General Collections
Kentucky Historical Society Online Records

A good number of digital collections from the state of Kentucky

United States, Civil War Images
New York Digital Archive

A broad archive organized by topic with a great deal on urbanization

United States, Imigration General Collections
Minnesota State Archives Visual

The Archives' Visual Resources Database is surprisingly large, with over 100,000 digital images. Click the button for Show only those with digital images to restrict search results to online content.

United States Images
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity

Large numbers of texts, images, maps and songs that document the French Revolution.

Europe, France General Collections
South Carolina Department of Archives and History

A signifigant collection of digitized collections

United States, Civil War General Collections
Docsteach 17, 18, 19, 20

housands of primary source documents to bring the past to life as classroom teaching tools from the billions preserved at the National Archives. Use the search field above to find written documents, images, maps, charts, graphs, audio and video in our ever-expanding collection that spans the course of American history.

United States General Collections
Siege and Commune of Paris, 1870-1871

Links to over 1200 digitized photographs and images recorded during the Siege and Commune of Paris cir.1871.

Europe, France General Collections
North Carolina Digtial Collection

The State Archives of North Carolina, Government Records Section, Outer Banks History Center, and Western Regional Archives have very diverse holdings in a variety of formats.

United States, Civil War General Collections
Massachusetts Historical Society 17, 18, 19, 20

Large Collection from colonial to present

United States General Collections
Connecticut Digital Archives

a lot of additional material. Along with the usual collections of governor's papers and state publications

United States General Collections
Hemeroteca Digital 19, 20

Part of the national digital library of Spain. Features digitized newspapers and journals (1772-1933).

Spain, Europe General Collections
The Vietnam Archive 18, 19, 20

The Vietnam Archive mission is to collect and preserve the documentary record of the Vietnam War.... The Vietnam Archive currently administers two projects, the Oral History Project and the Virtual Vietnam Archive. More information about both of these project can be found in their respective sections of this website.

Vietnam, Asia, Foreign Relations General Collections
Illinois Digital Archives 19, 20

Repository for the digital collections of the Illinois State Library as well as other libraries and cultural institutions in the State of Illinois.

North America, United States General Collections
University of Missouri Digital Library 19, 20

Features 20 text collections and 23 image collections that include such diverse sources as sheet music, World’s Fair postcards, historic newspapers, and Fourth of July speeches.

United States General Collections
Islamic Heritage Project

A digital collection of manuscripts, maps and printed texts from Harvard’s library and museum collections. IHP materials date from the 13th to the 20th centuries CE and represent many regions, languages and subjects.

Middle East General Collections
Travelers in the Middle East Archive

A digital archive that focuses on Western interactions with the Middle East, particularly travels to Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Middle East, Foreign Relations General Collections
Archivo General de Indias

Provides electronic access to the texts and artifacts of the Archivo General de Indias, founded in 1785 and based in Seville, and dedicated to recording the history of Spain's discovery of the Americas. In Spanish.

Spain, United States, North America General Collections
Biblioteca Virtual de Prensa Historica

A digitized collection of 2000 historical newspapers published in Spain between 1777-2005.

Europe, Spain General Collections
Digitale Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker (DBDK)

The Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker is highly regarded both in Germany and throughout the world as the premier collection of literary and non-literary German writing, covering the works from Eleventh century to Nineteenth Century.

Germany, Europe General Collections
Middle East, 1916-2001: a documentary record Middle East General Collections
History of Russia (EuroDocs)

Includes texts and links to other sources for Russian history.

Russia/USSR General Collections