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Online repositories of primary documents for use by History Majors 


http://eudocs.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Main_Page — transcripts, facsimiles, and translations of European documents

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/default.asp — international legal documents ancient to modern

www.proquest.com — newspaper collections going back to the 18th century

http://www.archive.org/index.php — music, film, and documents archive

http://bartok.brandonu.ca/specialcollections.aspx — Fabian Society documents

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/catalogue.aspx?type=2 — British documents from Middle Ages to present

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/modsbook01.html#Student%20Papers%20and%20Projects — discussion of the concept of primary documents and historiography; additional sites with primary documents

http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/moagrp/

http://digital.library.cornell.edu/m/moa/index.html — Both sites offer access to the “Making of America” program which “is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.”

http://www.eduplace.com/ss/hmss/primary.html — Portal for collections of primary documents

http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/ — documents and historical maps of Britain

http://www.primarysourcesonline.nl/?view=c — European primary documents; strong in Russian documents

http://www.archives.gov/index.html — US National Archives has some documents available online; interlibrary loan might acquire copies of the written records after you search this site and find what you want

http://www.archives.gov/index.html — “meta index” of archives

http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalLibrary.cfm — Smithsonian Institute Digital Library contains podcasts, webcasts, reprints of lectures, and primary documents in American history

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/advanced-search.aspx?tab=1 — UK National Archives

http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/HistResEur/ — Online guide to archives and libraries in Europe; search for material that might be available through interlibrary loan

http://xooxleanswers.com/newspaperarchives7.aspx — International source of online accessible newspapers

http://docsouth.unc.edu/ — “Primary resources for the study of Southern history, literature, and culture”

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/wpa/wpahome.html — American slave narratives

http://valley.lib.virginia.edu/VoS/choosepart.html — Antebellum and Civil-War era documents from Virginia

http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/abolitionism/index.htm — Slave narratives and primary abolitionist documents

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/doughtml/doughome.html — Frederick Douglas papers

http://docsouth.unc.edu/true/ — Student letters from the University of North Carolina from 1795 to 1868

http://wwi.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Main_Page — World War One treaties, official papers, letters, diaries, images, links to other sites

http://www.merrycoz.org/ -- 19th-century children’s literature

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/ — UK primary documents

http://www.teacheroz.com/WWIIDocs.htm — Portal to World War II primary document sites

http://www.teacheroz.com/wwi.htm#docs — Portal to World War I primary document sites

http://www.teacheroz.com/civilwar.htm — Portal to Civil War primary document sites

http://www.teacheroz.com/Native_Americans.htm — Portal to Native American primary document sites

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/wwii.asp — World War II primary documents

http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/ — World War II primary documents

http://eudocs.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Main_Page — Massive portal for European primary documents

http://eudocs.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Germany:_National_Socialism_and_World_War_II — German primary documents (many translated into English) for World War II

http://www.firstworldwar.com/source/versailles.htm — Primary documents from World War I in addition to the Treaty of Versailles

http://frank.mtsu.edu/~kmiddlet/history/women/wh-wwii.html — Primary documents relating to American women in World War II

http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/adaccess/ — Advertisements in US and Canadian newspapers and magazines from 1911 to 1955

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/afcphhtml/afcphhome.html — “‘Man-on-the-Street’ Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor”

http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/williamson/ — Alice Williamson’s diary detailing the occupation of Gallatin, TN, by Union troops in 1864

http://www.historylink101.com/1/world_war_II/research.htm — Eclectic portal of primary documents on World War II

http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=/hgp — Digitized copies of material distributed by the Government Printing Office during World War II

 http://www.historywiz.com/worldwartwo.htm — Collection of some World War II images relating to the Nazis and the Holocaust

http://www.ushistorysite.com/ — The site contains lesson plans for US history but also primary source websites; the left-hand panel contains the periodization and clicking on them takes you to primary documents, among other sources

http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/Ghent.html — Primary documents on War of 1812

http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/ww2era.htm — Primary documents of Nazi propaganda (translated)

http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/ww2.htm — Massive portal of primary documents relating to World War II

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/wcf/ — Primary documents from American female journalists during World War II

http://content.lib.washington.edu/postersweb/ — World Wars I and II posters

http://www.ushmm.org/research/collections/ — Artifacts at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

http://international.loc.gov/intldl/intldlhome.html — International portal by the Library of Congress for international research, including primary documents

http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/Indian.html — “Indian Removal Act” and ancillary events from the Library of Congress

http://digital.library.okstate.edu/kappler/index.htm — “Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties”

http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/ — North American slave narratives

http://www.usouthal.edu/history/faculty/brazy/primary.html — Sampling of primary document websites for American history

http://www.history.umd.edu/Freedmen/ — Documentary history of Reconstruction

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aapchtml/aapchome.html — “From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1822-1909” [Library of Congress]; browse by title, author, or subject or search by keyword

http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/kingpapers/article/online_king_records_access_okra/ — Martin Luther King, Jr. papers

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/sthtml/sthome.html — “Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860”

http://www.difp.ie/ — Irish foreign policy documents, 1919-21, 1923-32

http://www.europeana.eu/portal/ — European written, pictorial, and film documents

http://www.cems.ox.ac.uk/holinshed/ — Access to Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland written during the Tudor period

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/map_sites/hist_sites.html# — Historical maps on the internet

http://www.princeton.edu/~mapglobe/HTML/home.html — Maps and charts depicting the process of globalization

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_online_newspaper_archives — Collection of newspapers from around the world.  Some are archived so they could be primary documents.  (Yes, it’s on Wikipedia, but sometimes even a blind nut finds a squirrel).

http://www.zwangsarbeit-archiv.de/en/index.html — Interviews with survivors of the Nazi forced labor program

http://wardepartmentpapers.org/index.php — “Papers of the War Department, 1784 to 1800”

http://library.uncg.edu/slavery/ — “Digital Library on American Slavery”

http://www.harpweek.com/ — Political cartoons from Harper’s Weekly  

http://digitalcollections.harvard.edu/ — An immense collection of digitized images from Harvard library’s collection covering a wide range of historically relevant topics

http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/pds/ — Primary documents in American history from the National Humanities Center

http://aalt.law.uh.edu/ — Primary legal documents from Medieval and Early Modern England

http://slavery.yale.edu/ — A portal containing primary documents at Yale University as well as links to primary documents on “slavery, abolition, and resistance”

http://www.europeana.eu/portal/ — A portal with links to museums, the visual arts, music, maps, etc.

http://www.histbib.eu/ — “European Historical Bibliographies” containing links to a number of university and document depository websites.

http://www.bl.uk/learning/histcitizen/timeline/historytimeline.html — Timeline of British history including images of primary sources

http://primary-sources.eui.eu/ — Portal with links to European primary sources

http://digital.wustl.edu/eyesontheprize/ — All the interviews of the persons that went into making the documentary, Eyes on the Prize

http://gale.cengage.co.uk/product-highlights/history/illustrated-london-news.aspx — Digitized collection of the Illustrated London News from 1842 to 2003.