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Primary Sources

Where to find primary sources on the Web


American Memory—Premier collection of digitized American primary source material, from texts to photographs. Created by the Library of Congress.

EuroDocs: Primary Historical Documents from Western Europe
—Links to selected primary source documents (transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated) arranged by country.

Making of America—Large and diverse full-text collection of books and journals, mainly from 1850-1870, made available by the University of Michigan.

Famous Presidential Speeches
--Speeches by American presidents from George Washington through Donald Trump. The collection includes text, audio, and video files.

Primary Sources on the Web, Finding, Evaluating, Using
--A gateway site providing links to various digital collections, along with information about evaluating and citing sources.  Created by American Library Association's Reference and User Services Association.