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Primary Sources

"A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event" (

National Archives Websites




Library of Congress.

National Archives.


Office of the Federal Register.

General Websites

State Historical Society of Iowa.

Avalon Project.



Eyewitness to History.


Global Gateway.

History Reference Center.

Images from Life Magazine.


Historical Text Archives.


News Reels.


American Primary Sources


100 Milestone Documents in American History.


American Speeches.


Awesome Stories.


Digital History.


Digital Library on American Slavery.


The FBI Vault.


The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


History Matters.


Letters from Wars.


The Library of Congress American Memory Project.


The Mitchell Archives (archives of historical newspapers).


Mountain West Digital Library.


Science Service.


Smithsonian Source:


United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Early American History


Archiving Early America.


The American Revolution Resources.


George Washington.


Native American Links.



Civil War Resources

The Civil War.

Virginia in the Civil War.



The 1920s-1930s


The New Deal Archives.


America in the 1930s.



World War I


World War I primary sources.



World War II


US in World War II.



The US Presidents


The American Presidency.


The Papers of George Washington.


The John Adams Library.


The Lincoln Archives.


The John F. Kennedy Library.


Lyndon B. Johnson Library.

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