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American Studies Resource Guide: Primary Sources
Send comments and questions to: Kristi Palmer, American Studies Librarian.
What is a primary resource??
- Using Primary Sources on the Web
Online guide to using primary resources provided by the University of Washington. Includes information on defining, finding, and evaluating primary resources.
- Primary vs. Secondary Sources
Defintions, Examples, and Specific Examples sections explain the difference between primary and secondary sources. Provided by the Borough of Manhattan Community College Library.
For a tutorial, click here.(Provided by the University of Washington)
- American Colonists' Library
The American Colonists' Library contains primary source documents pertaining
to early American history, and it is an invaluable collection of historical works
which contributed to the formation of American politics, culture, and ideals.
- American Memory Project
American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials
relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers
more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections.
- Amistad Digital Archive (Columbia University)
While the educational guides on the site are geared towards a middle and high school audience the primary resources, including: photographs, audio, video, and documents, are of use to all research levels.
- Civil Rights Digital Library (University of Georgia)
"The Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale"- Homepage.
- In the First Person
- An index to letters, diaries, oral histories, and personal narratives.
- National Archives and Records Administration
NARA makes available all types of historically valuable Federal electronic
records. It is a vast resource of data and information, and reveals how Federal
Government organizations have carried out their legislative mandates and missions.
Most of the electronic records at NARA date from the 1960s, and number over
- National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC)
NUCMC provides free-of-charge cataloging of archives and manuscript material through
the Library of Congress to repositories and provides information concerning access to all
NUCMC cataloging since its beginnings in 1959.
- Presidential Libraries
The Presidential Library system is made up of ten Presidential Libraries. These are not traditional
libraries, but rather repositories for preserving and making available the papers, records, and
other historical materials of U.S. Presidents since Herbert Hoover.
- Sabin Americana, 1500-1926
Based on Joseph Sabin's landmark bibliography, this collection contains works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900's. Included are books, pamphlets, serials and other documents that provide original accounts of exploration, trade, colonialism, slavery and abolition, the western movement, Native Americans, military actions and much more. With over 6 million pages from 29,000 works, this collection is a cornerstone in the study of the western hemisphere.
Last updated by andjsmit on 10/30/2008