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Primary Sources: Online Primary Documents

A guide to finding and using primary sources.

Mixed Collections

These collections offer a variety of types of primary sources (documents, photographs, videos, etc) for a wide range of time periods and areas of interest.

These collections are a short list of examples of collections that focus on specialized areas of research.  To find a digital collection relevant to your area of research, ask for help from a librarian.

The archives of many famous or influential individuals have been put online.  Here is a short list of some examples.

Historic Newspapers

Indexes and Sourcebooks

Other institutions have put together many helpful lists of places to find primary sources online.

Other institutions have put together many helpful lists of places to find primary sources online.

Books and Manuscripts

Books and pamphlets written during the era you are researching are also considered primary sources.  You can find many print items that have been digitized in the following collections:

Data & Statistics