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Primary Sources on the Web



American Presidency Project 

Search thousands of documents related to historical and current U.S. presidencies, such as speeches, official papers, executive orders, proclamations, news conferences, and press briefings, videos of debate, radio addresses, etc... at UCSB. 


Digitized images including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts that reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history This site is a gateway to digitized images from the libraries and museums of the University of California campuses, cultural heritage organizations in California, and UC-created websites and collections. 

Chronicling America from Library of Congress
Search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published from 1690-present.

Digital Public Library of America
The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. 

The Founders' Constitution

Web edition of  the 1986 print title that presents "…a wide array of documents ranging from the early 17th century to the 1830s, from the reflections of philosophers,  popular pamphlets to private correspondence related to the writing and ratification of the U.S. Constitution."

Landmark Supreme Court Cases 
It covers landmark Supreme Court cases including a full range of resources and activities to support the teaching and learning of landmark Supreme Court cases.

Library of Congress  American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library 

Primary source and archival materials covering topics such as art and architecture, performing arts, technology and applied sciences. Millions of digital items from more than 100 historical Library of Congress collections.

Making of America

A thematically-related digital library documenting American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction located at the University of Michigan. (MOA) [19th century]. Access to 9,500 books and almost 2500 digitized issues of 12 journals published in the 19th century.

National Archives and Records Administration
Explore the nation's history through documents, photos, and records.

New York Public Library Digital Collection

Spanning a wide range of historical eras, geography, and media, NYPL Digital Collections offers drawings, illuminated manuscripts, maps, photographs, posters, prints, rare illustrated books, videos, audio, and more. Encompassing the subject strengths of the vast collections of The Library, these materials represent the applied sciences, fine and decorative arts, history, performing arts, and social sciences. 

100 Milestone Documents
A list of 100 milestone documents, compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration, and drawn primarily from its nationwide holdings. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965.

Online Archive of California

The Online Archive of California (OAC) provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 200 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses.

Smithsonian Institution Libraries: Digital Collections
The digital collections include over 27,000 digitized books and manuscripts (available on this site and at the Biodiversity Heritage Library) as well as photo and illustration collections, seed catalogs, trade literature, and much more. 



OAIster is a union catalog that contains records of digital resources from open-archive collections worldwide. The records of the open access digital resources available via OAIster lead to a wide range of materials and include: digitized (scanned) books, journal articles, newspapers, manuscripts and more; digital text; audio files (wav, mp3); video files (mp4, QuickTime); photographic images (jpeg, tiff, gif); data sets (downloadable statistical information); and theses and research papers.

The Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy

A project of the Yale Law School, this digital collection of documents in the English language encompasses ancient times through the early 21st century. 

EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History
These open access sources are readily available to all -- without fees or subscriptions.
Links connect to European primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated.
In addition you will find video or sound files, maps, photographs or other imagery, databases, and other documentation.
The sources cover a broad range of historical happenings (political, economic, social and cultural).
The order of documents is chronological wherever possible.  

Hanover Historical  Texts Collection

A working-in-progress project covers documents from ancient Greece to the 20th Century.   

Perseus Digital Library 
Digital library of resources for the study of the ancient world. Originally begun with coverage of the Archaic and Classical Greek world, has now expanded to Latin text and tools, Renaissance materials, and Papyri. Contains hundreds of texts by the major ancient authors and lexica and morphological databases and catalog entries for over 2,800 vases, sculptures, coins, buildings, and sites, including over 13,000 photographs of such objects.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

Information on almost 36,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.   

United Nations Treaty Collection
A collection of treaties and international agreements registered or filed and recorded with and published by the Secretariat since 1946.





September 2016​