Finding Primary Sources

Archives, libraries, and other repositories around the world have posted online collections of primary materials. Many of these web sites also include lesson plans and worksheets to help students learn how to analyze and interpret the sources.

(All links are courtesy of: http://www.nhd.org/researchcentral.htm, and are for educational purposes only)

Below is a list of links designed to help students, teachers, parents, administrators, and visitors in a variety of ways. Note that NHD does not maintain or necessarily endorse any of these sites, and is not responsible for their content. Every effort is made to ensure this list is current; some sites, however, may be temporarily down or go out of service unexpectedly.

****Please remember to ALWAYS EVALUATE a web site as you would any other source of information. While every effort has been made to ensure that these are reliable sites, you should always test sites for yourself, especially if you are using them as sources for your research. Check out Robert Harris’s article, Evaluating Internet Research Sources. ****

U.S. History Primary Sources

Civil War History

African American History

Native American History

Military History

Colonial History

US Government History

Presidential History

Immigration & Genealogy

Women’s History

Western US History

World History Primary Sources

 

Photos, Maps & Other Images

The American Memory Project –thousands of documents, photos, maps, films, sound recordings, etc. from the collections of the Library of Congress, including women’s suffrage, African-American pamphlets, George Washington’s letter books, life histories from the WPA, American Revolution broadsides and much more.

Maps

Resources for Music

The American Memory Project –thousands of documents, photos, maps, films, sound recordings, etc. from the collections of the Library of Congress, including women’s suffrage, African-American pamphlets, George Washington’s letter books, life histories from the WPA, American Revolution broadsides and much more.