compiled by Carolyn Paul Branch
Primary Sources Home | US States A – I | US States K – M | US States N | US States O – P
US States R – S | US States T – U | US States V – W | United States
Land Records Maps-Gazeteers | Full Text Books | Individual States | Canada
United Kingdom | Europe | Asia | Medieval & Ancient
Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred (or in the lifetime of those present in the form of memoirs and oral histories). Primary sources may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons. These sources serve as the raw material to interpret the past.
Many archival and library collections are now preserving, digitizing, and providing access to significant primary historical resources.
Since non-profit sites do not have the advertising or public relations budgets available to commercial sites, researchers are often unaware of them.
This site is an attempt to bring together SOME of the best of these sites. I have attempted to arrange the sites geographically by the area covered.
It is virtually impossible to list all primary sources available online. This list can only scatch the surface. I have included mega-collections of sites where you will find many more sources than the few samples I mention.
Most of these primary sources are offered free to the public by government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations.