Primary Sources:
Defining, Finding, Using

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Primary Sources

"STEP ONE" in your search for Primary Sources

Gateway Sites are "mega sites" that offer vast amounts of information on a variety of topics. 
Use their "search" and "browse" features to find primary sources to meet your needs.

American Memory from the Library of Congress
"American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections."

American Studies Web
American Studies Web is the largest bibliography of web-based resources in the field of American Studies. Choose a category and narrow your search.

BBC Archive

Diverse site with links to anything imaginable. Depending on the topic, it can find interviews with authors or artists, original documents from history, or pictures of antiques.

Digital Commonwealth of Massachusetts
The Digital Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a portal to the rich cultural heritage held in museums, historical societies, colleges, libraries and other cultural repositories in Massachusetts. Browse or search the digital collections of 35 cultural institutions throughout MA for manuscripts, images, historical documents, and sound recordings.

FREE -- Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Check out links to primary documents as well as photos.

Internet Archives
The Archive contains over 10 billion web pages archived from 1996 to the present.  Special Television and Movie Archives as well as a Usenet and Arpanet archive.

Internet History Sourcebooks Project
"Internet History Sourcebooks are collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use." Excellent for Ancient, Medieva, and Modern history research. Special sourcebooks on topics: African, east Asian, Indian, Islamic, Jewish, Women, Global, Science, GLTB

National Archives
Incredible portal for research on American History.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery
"NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 700,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photgraphs and more."

Repositories of Primary Sources

Over 47000 websites with collections of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources.

Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image

"Over 12,000 images from various collections of rare books, manuscripts, papyri, photographs and sheet music are available for your viewing. Each collection has its own web site that is unrestricted in the interests of knowledge and learning.

Sunsite Digital Collections
Diverse collection ranging from history to literature from UC Berkeley.

Organized and Maintainted by
Ann B. Perham
School Librarian 
Needham High School, Needham, Massachusetts
Updated: January 2012