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Magazines & Newspapers

AAS Historical Periodicals Restricted Resource Some full text available
Search nearly 8,000 full text historical magazines, newspapers, and journals in this collection from the American Antiquarian Society (AAS).
Dates covered: 1684-1912.
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers Resource contains images
Chronicling America provides access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). NDNP, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages.
Dates currently covered: 1836-1922

Primary Sources

African-American Archive : the history of the Black experience in documents
Print Location: REF E184.6 .A33 2001
Featuring letters, articles, pamphlets and papers of all kinds, every important document is here-the Emancipation Proclamation, the Brown vs. Board of Education decision, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech and-along with scores of enlightening personal documents-harrowing accounts from slaves who suffered the passage from Africa, letters from black soldiers in the Civil War, journal entries from civil rights workers in the '60s and Louis Farrakhan's speech at the 1995 Million Man March. Arranged chronologically.
American Decades Primary Sources
Print Location: REF E169.12 .A472
Contains over 2,000 primary sources on 20th-century American history and culture, featuring 75 different types of sources arranged chronologically in twelve categories, including the arts, education, government and politics, media, medicine and health, religion, and sports.
Annals of America
Print Location: REF E173 .A793
Contains primary source documents from 1493 to 1986.
ArchiveGrid
ArchiveGrid provides access to detailed archival collection descriptions, making information available about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and other archival materials. It also provides contact information for the institutions where the collections are kept.
Avalon Project Some full text available
This digital archive compiled by the Yale University Law Library contains primary source documents in law, history, and diplomacy.
Black Thought and Culture Restricted Resource Some full text available
Black Thought and Culture is a landmark electronic collection of approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by major American black leaders--teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, war veterans, entertainers, and other figures--covering 250 years of history.
Chronicling Illinois Resource contains images
Chronicling Illinois showcases collections and items from the vast Illinois history holdings of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.
Digital Public Library of America Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. DPLA aims to expand the realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used. You can search, explore by place, and explore by date.
EuroDocs
This website compiles a list of European primary sources. Documents are facsimiles, or transcriptions of the original.
European History Primary Sources
The purpose of EHPS is to provide an easily searchable index of scholarly digital repositories that contain primary sources for the history of Europe. As the number of digital archives on the internet continues to grow, finding and selecting digital repositories becomes increasingly difficult. EHPS strives to fill that gap by listing the most important collections of digital primary sources for the history of Europe, either as a whole or for single countries.
Library of Congress Manuscript Collections Some full text available Resource contains images
The Manuscript Division's holdings, approximately sixty million items in eleven thousand separate collections, include some of the greatest manuscript treasures of American history and culture and support scholarly research in many aspects of political, cultural, and scientific history. Materials include Frederick Douglass papers, Thomas Jefferson papers, James Madison papers, and slave narratives, among many others.
Making of America Some full text available Resource contains images
The Making of America collection is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.
National Archives
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Those records are preserved and are available to the public, whether to see if they contain clues about a family's history, need to prove a veteran's military service, or are researching an historical topic.
Uncovering Chicago Archives Project
Provides open public access to online finding aids for hundreds of archival collections documenting a wide range of topics, time periods, and geographical areas. Researchers can find primary archival sources on African American history and culture, theater, jazz, urban sociology, journalism, Native Americans, modern poetry, anthropology, African studies, literature, criminology and legal studies, art and photography, medical history, and the Manhattan Project, among many other subjects.
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 brings together primary documents, books, images, scholarly essays, book reviews, Web site reviews, and teaching tools, all documenting the multiplicity of women’s activism in public life.

Images

David Rumsey Map Collection Resource contains images
The David Rumsey historical map collection has over 60,000 maps and images online. The collection includes rare 16th through 20th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented.
Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Resource contains images
The collections of the Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress include photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. While international in scope, the collections are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people.
New York Public Library (NYPL) Digital Gallery Resource contains images
NYPL's Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.

Audio

National Jukebox
The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

Video

American Archive of Public Broadcasting Resource contains video
A project of the Library of Congress and WGBH in Boston, the American Archive preserves public television and radio broadcasts dating from the 1940s to the present. Many programs are available for free online use.
Associated Press video archive Resource contains video
The film and video archive of The Associated Press -- the world's largest and oldest news agency -- viewable on YouTube.
British Pathé Film Archive Resource contains video
British Pathé is one of the oldest media companies in the world and has accumulated over 90,000 videos of events presented in newsreels, cinemagazines, and documentaries from 1910 until 1976. Viewers can comment, share and embed the historic videos, which are available to the public via YouTube.
C-SPAN Some full text available Resource contains video
The C-SPAN cable network makes its U.S. history and government-related programming available on its website. Some programs also have transcripts available. Coverage: 1987 to present.
Internet Archive Moving Image Archive Resource contains video
This library of free movies, films, and videos contains over a million digital movies which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of the videos are available for free download.