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United States History Resources

Use this guide to locate secondary and primary sources on American history topics

Historic American Newspapers - Try these first!

Historical Magazines

Free E-book Collections (public domain content)

Explore Primary Source Databases

These databases aggregate many different primary source collections, especially from the United States and Great Britain. Contact me for help with the resources.

Find Printed & Online Primary Sources in the Library Catalog

Many primary-source documents have been reproduced in books commonly held in research libraries. You can use Library Search to retrieve this material.

  • Enter your search terms and then select the Books & Media box.
  • Try adding keywords such as CorrespondenceDiariesInterviewsPersonal Narratives, and Sources along with your research topic to identify printed primary sources.
  • You can also filter for these terms under "Genre" to the left of your search results.
  • When you find a title of interest, such as personal narratives from the first World War, select the hyper-linked subjects in the item record to find additional titles. For example, the heading: World War, 1914-1918--Personal Narratives.

Free Digital Primary Source Collections