Primary Sources


Supreme Court of the United States

Supreme Court (Cornell University Law School)

Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court Center

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions (FindLaw)

Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy (The Avalon Project)


World War I Trenches on the Web

World War I Modeling Page

War Relocation Authority

Photographs of Japanese-American Evacuation and Resettlement, 1942-1945

World War I Document Archive

Veterans History Project

Combat Artists of World War II

Suffragists Oral History Project

The Salem Witchcraft Papers

The First Wold War Poetry Digital Archive

WWII Letters

To and from the homefront

“Man-on-the-street” Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Indian Affairs : Laws and Treaties  – Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler

Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive

Gulf War: An Oral History

From Revolution to Reconstruction

Ellis Island Database Search

Civil War Newspapers (Harper’s Weekly)

WWII Documents (Avalon Project)

American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology

American Posters of WWI

America from the Great Depression to WWII


100 Milestone Documents (NARA) – View a complete list of U.S. documents

American Hypertexts

American Memory Collection Finder

American Memory: The Teachers Page/Primary Sources

The American Pagent: A History of the Republic (Cengage) – Access a range of primary source documents organized by event

American Rhetoric

American Revolution (AP US History)

AMDOCS – Documents for the study of American History

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation (American Memory)

A Chronology of US Historical Documents (University of Oklahoma) – Spans from pre-colonial to present day

Civil War Newspapers (Harper’s Weekly) – Original Harper’s Weekly Newspapers (1861-1864)

Columbia University Libraries-Digital Collections – Access a myriad of digital collections, including John Jay Papers and Lehman Papers: Special Correspondence Series

Digital History – Rich primary sources, an online textbook, and interactive timeline

Documenting the American South – Primary sources for southern history, literature, and culture

Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920 – Provided by Duke University Libraries Digital Collections

EyeWitness to – From the Ancient World to the present

The Founders’ Constitution

From Revolution to Reconstruction – Spans from colonial period to modern

Gifts of Speech – Browse and search women’s speeches from around the world

Historical Text Archive – Covers a broad range of historical documents, photos, links, and more

History and Politics Out Loud – Searchable archive of significant audio materials


National Archives Experience (Digital Vaults)

New Deal Network

Original Source Documents in U.S. History – Search by topic and/or time period, 1600-Present

Primary Resources and Real-World Data – Access a myriad of primary source links provided by eduScapes

Regional Oral History Office – Oral and video history documents

Source Documents in U.S. History

Thomas: The Library of Congress – Legislative information from the Library of Congress


History and Images Index (World Wide Web Virtual Library)

World War II Military Situation Maps (Library of Congress)

World War II in Color

Smithsonian Institution’s Photostream (flickr)

New York Public Library Digital Collection

Political Cartoons

Metropolitan Museum Timeline of Art History

The Library of Congress’ Photostream (flickr)

International Center of Photography

HyperHistory Online (World History) – Lifelines, timelines, and maps

Collections Finder (American Memory)

Cartoon Stock – Search for gag cartoons, political cartoons, cartoon pictures and illustrations

Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies

AP Images – Royalty free imagery from around the world

American Photography: A Century of Images

Maps Collections (American Memory)

American Memory

America’s First Look into the Camera (American Memory)


Presidential Libraries (IDEA Network)

Commission on Presidential Debates

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum


Selected Speeches by Abraham Lincoln

“I Do Solemnly Swear…” Presidential Inaugurations (American Memory)

The History Place (Great Speeches Collection)

History and Politics Outloud

American Rhetoric: Online Speech Bank

All Things Considered (NPR) – Radio transcripts, including many interviews


WWII Resources – Original documents on all aspects of the war

Scholarly Resources for Victorian Research

United Nations Treaty Collections

Treaties and Other International Agreements (Penn Libraries)

The National Archives – The UK government’s official archive

Middle East History and Resources

German Propoganda Archive – Nazi and East German propoganda

EyeWitness to – Ancient World to present

Eurodocs – Online sources for European History