Primary Sources




Primary Source Resources




Teachers: You may access PD webinars on Library of Congress Primary Sources Here  


Article by Library of Congress with links to their resources for Primary Sources


Library of Congress: American Memory


Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs


Library of Congress: American Folklife Center


Library of Congress: Historical Political Cartoons


National Archives "The National Archives and Records Administration stores and provides public access to the original documents that set up the American government as a democracy in 1774. Visit the National Archives in Washington, DC and you will have the opportunity to view the United States Government's Charters of Freedom, the U. S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. The records of the nation's civil, military and diplomatic activities are also held by the National Archives for present and future generations." (


The National Humanities Center presents America in Class┬«

primary and secondary resources, online seminars, and lessons for history and literature teachers

America in Class┬« is designed to promote the analytical skills called for in the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and literacy in history and social studies


American History Docs that Teach: Curated Documents from the National Archives aligned with National History Standards


Media History Digital Library (Online Access to the Histories of Cinema, Broadcasting & Sound)


Google News Archive Searches hundreds of newspapers in multiple languages over the last 100 years


African American Odyssey Library of Congress


The Oxford African American Studies Center


Selections from the WPA Slave Narratives


History Matterscontains primary documents in text, image, and audio about the experiences of ordinary Americans throughout U.S. history


New York City Historical Documents/Photos/Recordings


New York Public Library More than 180,000 items/images in the public domain and free to use. Info on how to use the site is here.


Denver Post Photo Blogs (Plogs) on Many Different Subjects


Old Pictures--photographs from the 1850's - 1940's


Life Magazine 1750-today (Many more photos than were published in the magazine) America and Global


Historical Maps on Google Earth


The Avalon Project: Documents in History, Law, and Diplomacy (Documents start from 4000 BCE) Includes GLobal/World History

The Diana Project Human Rights Cases--part of The Avalon Project


World Digital Library Search 11,051 items about 193 countries between 1200 BCE and 2000 CE Global/World History


Spartacus Educational includes Global/World History Primary Sources and Encyclopedic Information


Fordham University Global/World History Primary Documents organized by periods of World History


Library of Congress Country Study Books


BCPS Databases: Search results often yield primary sources ( U.S. and Global)


How to Use Google News to Find Primary Sources