Primary Source Research

Educational and non-commercial site designed specifically for K-12 history teachers and their students
DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States.
Thousands of primary source documents to bring the past to life as classroom teaching tools from the billions preserved at the National Archives.
European primary historical documents
A unique archive of primary sources in American history, the Collection includes more than 60,000 letters, diaries, maps, printed books, and much more
Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems
More than 11,000 map images from U of Texas, with links to other map websites.
Gateway to web resources, first-person primary documents, and guides to analyzing historical evidence students and teachers of American History.
Written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience
Ready-to-use materials provide easy ways to incorporate the Library’s unparalleled primary sources into instruction.
Documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government
Check out these links from the P2P Research Links webpage. The site is under construction, but has some wonderful information available.
The SmithsonianSource site will help your students understand that objects and artifacts are also primary sources. These sources—if you know how to lo
Materials that document local and regional history as well as a look at the cultures and traditions.
Search federal digital collections for legislative, executive, and judical branches
Sophia Smith Digital Collection: Internationally recognized repository of manuscripts, archives, photographs, periodicals and other primary sources
The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countr