Primary Sources

Repositories of Primary Sources

A listing of over 4800 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar. All links have been tested for correctness and appropriateness. Those added within the last thirty days or so are marked {New}.

Digital Librarian: a librarian's choice of the best of the Web

Documents for the Study of American History -

Collection of links to documents, organized chronologically.
Created by Lynn Nelson, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Kansas, and managed by Kendall
Simmons, Government Documents Library, University of Kansas

Making of America

Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation
and electronic access to historical texts.

The Making of America collection is made up of images of the pages in the books and journals. When you find something you want to look at, you will see a scanned image of the actual pages of the 19th century volume. 

Library Research Using Primary Resources - Berkeley University guide for students

Discoverers Web - Primary Sources

Collection of primary materials focuses on world exploration through the ages. Find diaries, letters, and charters from early settlements.
On this page are primary sources on voyages of discovery that can be found on the web. Primary sources are the texts the travellers themselves wrote on their voyages. Of course these sources are of utmost importance when studying the history of exploration. There is also a part on secondary sources, that is, sources that were written by others than the voyagers themselves, either based on information directly from the voyagers themselves, or on primary sources, which in some cases might be lost afterwards.

Primary Source Documents

A massive collection of primary sources pertaining to early American history

EuroDocs: Primary Historical Documents From Western Europe -Selected Transcriptions, Facsimiles and Translations

These links connect to Western European (mainly primary) historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. They shed light on key historical happenings within the respective countries (and within the broadest sense of political, economic, social and cultural history).

No guarantee of accuracy is implied or assumed, particularly for remote links over which the webmaster has no control. Note: The order of documents is chronological wherever possible. Document collections not limited to an identifiable era are found at the end of a national list.

United Kingdom -- Primary Documents
- History of the United Kingdom -- Primary Documents

Historical Text Archive

Commercial Site - offers access and information but many require fees for subscribing - provides information on book resources


Prepared by Lynn M. Burlbaw
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Created July 12, 2006