This guide is an introduction to what primary sources are in the field of history, how to use primary sources, how to read and transcribe original documents and links to on-line primary sources by historic topic.
This is a selected bibliography of primary source collections pertaining to early explorers in U.S. history available online. Please note, the library is not responsible for the content on these sources and it is the student's responsibility to properly cite from the proper location. There may also be secondary sources included in these collections and it is up to the student to evaluate if the item qualifies as a primary or secondary source.
This site contains thousands of pages of first hand experiences of people who traversed North America - from the Vikings to 19th century mountain men. A wide range of viewpoints are included (Native Americans, missionaries, traders, explorers, settlers and more). From the Wisconsin Historical Society.