Internet-based Primary Sources

To find more primary sources on the web try going to and enter in the region or era and the words, “primary sources”.  Example: “Russia primary sources” or “Great Depression primary sources”.

Librarians’ Internet Index (search for “primary sources”)



Historical Collections for the National Digital Library

History Matters: US Survey Course on the Web

Library of Congress Digital Collections

The National Archives

New York Public Library Digital Photography Collection

Smithsonian Institute

Yale Law School Project Avalon


Smithsonian American Art Museum Online Collections


Authentic History Center

Digitized Primary American History Sources

New Deal Network

Our Documents

Civil War History

Antebellum period through Reconstruction

Documenting the American South: Primary Resources for the Study of Southern History, Literature, and Culture

Mr. Lincoln’s Virtual Library

The Papers of Jefferson Davis

The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War

Political Cartoons

Political Cartoons and Cartoonists


Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts (books and literature)

Chronology of Historical Documents


History of the United Kingdom: Primary Documents

Hypertext on History (includes US)

Internet Medieval Sourcebook

The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies

Primary Sources (includes US)

Project Gutenberg (collection of complete books)

Vincent Voice Library (digital sound collection)


Internet Ancient History Sourcebook

LacusCurtius: Into the Roman World

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