US History

US History Primary Sources
Links to online collections of primary sources

US History:

Our Documents: 100 milestone documents from US History, National Archives

 

Founder’s Constitution: online anthology of documents from the 17th century through the 1830’s related to constitutional history

 

Constitutional Sources Project: free online library of constitutional history

 

Charters of Freedom: Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights

 

THOMAS: legislative information from Library of Congress

 

Gilder Lehman Institute of American History: primary sources 15th-20th centuries

 

History Matters from George Mason University: text, images, audiio from American History, screened by professional historians

 

Chronology of US Historical Documents: Pre-Colonial-21st Century, Univ. of Oklahoma College of Law

 

American Presidency Project: documents related to the American Presidency

 

Eyewitness to History: selected primary sources from multiple eras

 

Picturing the Thirties: Smithsonian, 1930s history, art, photos, newsreels

 

New Deal Network

 

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: contains sections on US History

 

Massachusetts Historical Society Collections Online

 

Prelinger Archives: Films: ephemeral” (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur)

 

Emergence of Advertising in America, 1850-1920: ads and pamphlets documenting the rise of advertising and consumer culture

 

Coming of the American Revolution: Massachusetts Historical Society

 

Making of America: American social history, Antebellum – Reconstruction periods

 

Documenting the America South

 

Manuscript Collections Relating to Slavery: from NY Historical Society

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute: primary sources, information and scholarly papers from Stanford University

 

Archive: Martin Luther King Center: MLK and Civil Rights Movement

 

Boston Public Library Anti-Slavery Collection: gift of the family of William Lloyd Garrison

 

Women Working: 1800-1930: Harvard University Open Collections

 

Discovering American Women’s History: access to digital collections of primary sources

 

Experiencing War: WW I personal experiences

 

Veteran’s History Project: Library of Congress

 

Witness to War, Oral Histories of Combat Veterans: photos, memoirs, videos

 

Gulf War: An Oral History: Frontline/PBS examination of 1990-1991 Persian Gulf Crisis

 

Boston Public Library’s Online Collections

 

New York Public Library Digital Collections

 

Immigration to the United States – 1789-1930: Harvard Open Collections

 

National Security Archive: includes archive of declassified government documents

 

FBI Vault: Over 3000 scanned FBI records

 

Famous Trials: From the Trial of Socrates – present

 

Watergate Files: Information and primary sources from the Gerald R. Ford Library

 

National Archives Online Exhibits: online collections on specific topics

 

Archival Research Catalog Galleries: more online collections from the National Archives

 

Cold War International History Project: includes digital archive of Cold War docs

 

Nuclear Proliferation International History Project: includes nuclear history docs

 

American Memory Project: online collections from the Library of Congress

 

Avalon Project, American History Documents 1492-2001: documents in law, history, and diplomacy

 

US Dept. of State: Office of the Historian: includes foreign policy documents, Kennedy-Ford administrations

 

Eyewitness to Labor History 1948-1975: from NYU Libraries

 

History and Politics Out Loud: audio files of American history and politics, 1930s-1990s

 

Say It Plain, Say It Loud: audio and transcripts of 20th Century African American speeches