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American History

Finding Primary Sources

For detailed information on finding primary sources in the humanities and social sciences go to the Primary Sources guide.

  • General Collections
  • Images
  • News and Magazines
  • Government Documents
  • Digital Book Collections
  • Letters and Diaries
  • Other Collections of Note

General Collections

Library of Congress: Digital Collections
Collections chronicling historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America plus American Memory: Remaining Collections.                   
Atlanta Constitution, Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post

Government Documents

Also check out the following subject guides for additional primary resources:

SUNY Potsdam Libraries: History U.S.

University of Washington Libraries: American History


An American Civil War recruitment poster for the Lilly Hoosier Battery, posted by Colonel Eli Lilly in 1862.

World War I poster by American painter Kenyon Cox (1856-1919). "The sword is drawn, the Navy upholds it!"

Japanese Americans in front of poster with internment orders, War Relocation Authority.

"I Want You for the U.S. Army" by James Montgomery Flagg '(1917). Lithograph, Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.