Primary Sources Guide
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News and Popular Magazine Databases
To access from off campus, see Off Campus Access
Websites for finding Primary Sources
Digital Public Library of America
Records for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Each record links to the original object on the content provider’s website.
Access to collections of public domain digitized materials, including websites, music, moving images, and nearly three million public-domain books.
Internet Archive - Audio Archive
Over 200,000 free digital recordings (audio and MP3 files), from alternative news programming to Grateful Dead concerts, Old Time Radio shows, book and poetry readings.
Library of Congress. American Memory
Written and spoken word recordings, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.
Life Magazine via Google
Digitized issues back to 1935.
NYPL Digital Gallery
Over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources in the New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.
Popular Magazines in owned by the K Library
Links go to the magazine's record in Ariadne
The Atlantic, 1932 -
Atlantic Monthly, 1857-1932
Century (title changes - Century Magazine, Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine) 1882-1930
Christian Century, 1923 -
Current History 1919-
Harper’s Magazine, 1913 -
Harper’s Monthly Magazine, 1900-1913
Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, 1850-1900
Life, 1936 -
The Nation, 1905 -
The National geographic magazine, 1889- present
The New Yorker, 1936 -
Saturday Review, 1929 -
Time, 1930 -
US News & World Report, 1948-
What is a Primary Source?
A primary source records or documents events as seen or experienced directly by witnesses or persons involved in those events.
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