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American History: Primary Sources Online

Recommended starting points for research on all areas of American history. Use to locate key reference works, books, articles, newspapers, and other primary resources.

UVM Subscriptions

The following digital collections provide a starting point when looking for online primary resources. They are provided through subscription to UVM students, faculty, and staff.

More Collections

The following collections are available inanyone with internet access.




The University of Vermont's Center for Digital Initiatives includes a growing collection of online primary source materials. Highlights inlcude Congressional Papers of over thirty Vermont Representatives since 1791; Congressional Speeches, materials relating to dairy history, and more.

Primary Sources on the Web


The History section of Reference & User Services Association has produced a great guide to locating Primary Sources on the Web. It highlights important online collections and provides useful information for evaluating and analyzing primary sources you find online.


Using Primary Sources on the Web