Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress -- collection of
20,000 documents including speeches, correspondence, and digitized
images from the Library of Congress.
to Archival Databases -- U.S. National Archives and Records
administration now has online access to electronic records from more
than 30 archival series of electronic records, which include over 350
data files totaling well over 50 million unique records. The series
selected for AAD identify specific persons, geographic areas,
organizations, or dates. Some of these series serve as indexes to
accessioned archival records in non-electronic formats. The AAD system
does not, however, support quantitative or statistical analysis of
American Texts Online
Day of Infamy :"Man-on-the-Street" Interviews Following the Attack on
Pearl Harbor -- "presents approximately twelve hours
of opinions recorded in the days and months following the bombing of
Pearl Harbor from more than two hundred individuals in cities and towns
across the United States. On December 8, 1941 (the day after the
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor), They feature a wide diversity of
opinion concerning the war and other social and political issues of the
day, such as racial prejudice and labor disputes. The result is a
portrait of everyday life in America as the United States entered World
War II." These are audio files.
American Colonists' Library: Primary Source Documents Pertaining to
Early American History
Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printer Ephemera
-- from the Library of Congress, this database contains over 28,000
primary source items of American history dating from the 17th century
to the present.
Early America-- historical documents from 18th century America
into Slavery--Slave narratives from the Federal Writer's Project, 1936-1938.
Century of Lawmaking: US Congressional Documents and Debates,
Brothers' Civil War Letters -- letters written by three
brothers from Minnesota during the Civil War in digitized format, from
the Minnesota Historical Society.
of U.S. Historical Documents -- from the University of
Oklahoma, this site has primary source documents organized by time
period, including speeches, treaties, charters, and personal papers.
Rights Oral History Interviews
War Primary Documents, Personal Diaries, Journals, Letters, Cartoons,
Art, Images, Poetry, Literature, & Music
War International History Project
of the US: Analysis and Interpretation: Annotations of Cases Decided
by the Supreme Court of the United States
of U.S. Historical Documents
of Images -- from the Library of Congress, not full text, but
images contained in historical documents. very neat.
Historical Literature of Agriculture -- full-text books from
the early 19th and middle 20th centuries covering all aspects of rural
life in the United States.
of State Electronic Reading Room
Images from the Radicalism Collection--original documents of
such movements as the American Indian Movement, the Women's Liberation
Movement, Sacco-Vanzetti protests, SDS, Students United for Life
Scott Case--The records displayed in this exhibit document the Scotts' early struggle to
gain their freedom through litigation and are the only extant records of this
significant case as it was heard in the St. Louis Circuit Court.
Americas Digital Archive -- a collection of electronic texts
written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820
Classroom -- Information includes web-based primary
resources and syllabi
of scholars. This information is organized by topic (e.g. Civil
Rights, The Great Society).
to History -- Each entry frames the eyewitness account with
a brief description of the event and of the person recounting it and
includes a bibliography and related links. Browse by time period.
There's also a small audio archive of Voices of the 20th Century.
Speech Movement -- University of
California Berkeley provides here quite extensive primary documents
of the Free Speech Movement circa 1964, of legal defense documents,
oral histories, letters from administrators and faculty members and
leaflets passed out by members of the
movement. Includes a detailed bibliography to material dealing with
the movement and a chronology of key events
within its early history.
of Information Act -- FBI documents requested under the FOIA
have been scanned in, complete with sections blacked out by the FBI.
Subjects include POWs in southeast Asia, cattle mutilations, the
Black Panther Party, Amelia Earhart, the assassination of Robert F.
Kennedy, and more.
Relations of the United States--Full-text documents from 1900-1901 and 1903-1918. Nice
full page images, searchable, browsable. --Full-text documents from 1900-1901 and 1903-1918. Nice
full page images, searchable, browsable.
Publications of the Agricultural Experiment Station--documents from 1888 to 1965.
They provide lots of information about farm life at that time.
Immigration to the
United States 1789-1930 -- " web-based collection of selected
historical materials from Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums
that documents voluntary immigration to the US from the signing of the
Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression. Concentrating heavily
on the 19th century, Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930,
includes approximately 1,800 books and pamphlets as well as 6,000
photographs, 200 maps, and 13,000 pages from manuscript and archival
collections. By incorporating diaries, biographies, and other writings
capturing diverse experiences, the collected material provides a window
into the lives of ordinary immigrants."
Jefferson Collection -- The complete Thomas Jefferson Papers
from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consists of
approximately 27,000 documents. This is the largest collection of
original Jefferson documents in the world. Document types in the
collection as a whole include correspondence, commonplace books,
financial account books, and manuscript volumes.
From an Iowa Soldier in the Civil War -- letters from Newton
Lewis and Clark Journals
SAU Honors selection.-- full-text
website makes available the text of the celebrated Nebraska edition of
the Lewis and Clark journals, edited by Gary E. Moulton. Moulton's
edition — the most accurate and inclusive edition ever published — is
one of the major scholarly achievements of the late twentieth century."
Use left hand menu bar.
Pauling and the Race for DNA -- a Documentary history, over
800 scanned documents, photographs, audio clips and video excerpts.
Making of America--"a digital library of primary sources
in American social history from the antebellum period through
reconstruction... The collection contains approximately 8,500 books
and 50,000 journals; with 19th century imprints."
Luther King Jr. Speeches -- audio
of the World -- sponsored by UNESCO, this website offers
access to digitized collections from around the world, including
slave narratives, America from the Depression to WWII, Hawaii war
records, and other American historical documents. Click on Virtual
National Archives and Records Administration Exhibits--original documents in digital image and with a little
historical context thrown in. An excellent site for what the documents actually look like.
Congress Photographs -- high resolution stored on flickr
American Slave Narratives -- browseable.
of the Historian of the US Dept. of State--includes a timeline
of diplomatic history, an FAQ file, and some full text volumes from
their series Foreign Relations of the United States.
Source Materials and Document-Based Questions
Primary Source Texts
from the Colonial Times, The American Revolution, and the Founding of
America. Look at the Menu on the right for the different periods.
Repositories of Primary Sources -- "A listing of over 5000
websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books,
historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research
Library at the Miller Center of Public Affairs -- "In
the digital library section of our site you will find hundreds of
hours of secret White House recordings from Franklin Roosevelt, John
F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson (with Truman, Eisenhower and Nixon
recordings on the way); a growing collection of some of the most
important presidential speeches of the past 70 years (in full audio);
audio recordings and transcripts of the Jimmy Carter Oral History
project conducted at the Miller Center; and recordings of public
forums from numerous officials ranging from John Ehrlichman to William
Fulbright. We currently have over 100 gigabytes of material available
on our website." from the University of Virginia.
11th Documentary Project -- Library Of Congress archive,
includes narratives, photos, drawings, etc.
Slavery Era Insurance Registry -- documents of insurance coverage for
slaveholders for damage to or death of their slaves, issued by a
predecessor insurance firm. These documents provide the first evidence
of ill-gotten profits from slavery, which profits in part capitalized
insurers whose successors remain in existence today. .pdf format.
Court on the Web--full texts of important decisions,
1793-1966, and ALL decisions 1966-1996
Court Decisions, 1937-1975
"Taguba Report" on Treatment of Abu Ghraib Prisoners
Archives Portal -- access to national, municipal, university
archives and much more.
Historical Documents Archive
of the Shadow -- Civil war archive and multimedia
presentation. A good example of what the web can do.
from the Days of Slavery -- another amazing presentation from
the Library of Congress Memory project. Audio files of interviews with
former slaves in America. You can hear the oppression.
House Tapes -- recordings made of Presidents in the White
House, the most famous being Nixon's, but this site includes many
others as well! Courtesy of the University of Virginia. Listen with
either FLAC or Windows Media as well as read transcripts.
and Deeds in American History
World Digital Library
North American Section -- "free of charge and in multilingual
format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around
War II: A digital library -- Rapidly decaying historic
documents made available by Southern Methodist University. A Treasure
trove of home front sources, including 6,000 pages from
pamphlets, posters, booklets and photos.
of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799
-- from the University of Virginia's Electronic Text Center.
Includes 37 volumes of writings, searchable by keyword.