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 general U.S. history and topics of special interest 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.
Digital collection of primary sources from Cornell University which tells the story of American history, particularly on the topics of education, psychology, sociology, religion, and science and technology.
From the National Archives, digitized images of significant documents pertaining to U.S. history from the Articles of Confederation, the check written to purchase Alaska, Edison's light bulb patent and more.