This source contains more than primary sources in history! Drawing online materials from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States, the sets use letters, photographs, posters, oral histories, video clips, sheet music, and more.
More than 100 historical documents relating to U.S. history, from the 1400s to the present. Includes letters, charters, essays, speeches, journal entries, inaugural addresses, autobiographies,and more. An outline of American history provides context for the primary-source materials.
A digital library of primary sources in 19th-century American social history—a collaborative effort from two universities. Check out their subject search of digitized books (with, for example, a treasure trove about New York City).
The most useful portion of this big site is the "Eras" tab, and when you are in that section the documents tab contains many resources. You also might want to explore the "people" tab and the "image" tab.
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. This is one of many Slave Narratives websites-type in Slave narrative into Google to find more.
Read the journals of Lewis and Clark online! This site provides scans of the scans of drawings and maps made by Lewis and Clark. It also contains images of plants, animals, people and and places that are not from the journals-but from later in the 19th century. There is also a large suggested reading list.
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the War of 1812, including manuscripts, broadsides, pictures, and government documents. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the War of 1812 that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the War of 1812 and a bibliography.
20th Century U.S. History
Labor Unions |  New Deal |  Great Depression |  Civil Rights Movement
A database of more than 20,000 primary-source documents related to the Depression era and the New Deal, including letters, photographs, posters, political cartoons, government documents, speeches, and more. You can also find background information on New Deal programs. Created by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.
Prominent U.S. papers like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. It's also a good place to look for Star Tribune articles, with archives from 1986. Use the advanced search tab to limit to particular titles or dates.
More than 200,000 pages of California newspapers spanning the years from 1849 to 1911: the Alta California, the San Francisco Call, the Amador Ledger, the Imperial Valley Press, the Sacramento Record-Union, and the Los Angeles Herald. Additional years and titles are in the works.
The Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub provides access to Minnesota newspapers, including geographically and culturally diverse ones, published between 1856 and today ― with pre-1922 articles available on the Web. Because of copyright restrictions, you have to go to the Minnesota History Center Library, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., Saint Paul, to read newspaper content that's newer than that. Warning: this site can be slow!
Sixty of Colorado's earliest historic newspapers in a searchable online database. Includes the Rocky Mountain News, Boulder Camera, and the Colorado Chieftain — more than 250,000 pages that cover 1859 to 1924.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle was published from 1841 to 1955, then revived for a short time from 1960 to 1963. This digitization project covers the period from October 26, 1841, to December 31, 1902, representing half of the Eagle's years of publication—approximately 147,000 pages of newspaper in various digital formats.
This project was produced by Brooklyn Public Library's Brooklyn Collection and funded by the Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning.