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Primary Source Documents

American Memory (Library of Congress)

  • Digital archive of images, sound recordings, texts, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. Excellent primary source materials.
  • Note:  Not an article database.


Harvard University Library Open Collections Program

  • Digital archive of primary source documents including books, manuscripts, maps, photos, and texts on topics including working women at the turn of the century and immigration to the U.S.
  • Note:  Not an article database.


Making of America Collection (1850-1877)

  • Digital collection of primary source materials in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. Includes primary source books and journal articles.
  • Dates:  1850s-1900
  • Note:  Not an article database.


New York Public Library Digital Gallery

  • Contains over 685,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.
  • Dates vary.
  • Note:  Not an article database.


Our Documents

  • One hundred milestone documents from American history, presented as facsimile page images, with introductions that provide historical context.  Maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration.
  • Documents from 1776 to 1965.
  • Note:  Not an article database.


Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000

  • Collections of primary source materials covering movements such as the Women's Suffrage Movement and the Guerrilla Girls. Also includes interpretive research essays on the documents.
  • Dates:  1600-2000
  • Note:  The subscription to this database is made possible by a gift from Saint Mary’s alumnae, Leslie Wilson ’76 and Jenni Wilson ’86.


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