More at the Primary Sources Guide from your librarians
Highly RecommendedCold War International History Project
Includes historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War.
Foreign Relations of the United States
The official documentary record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication. From the University of Wisconsin.
Foreign Relations Volumes: 1861 to Date Volumes post-1960 online can be found here.
Central Intelligence Agency Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room
CIA website containing thousands of redacted documents released by the agency through FOIA requests. Documents were created between 1940 and the present.
East Asia History Sourcebook from Fordham University
The Internet History Sourcebooks Project is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts for educational use.
Asia For Educators from Columbia University
Primary Sources and history timelines of East Asia
Primary Sources East Asia from University of California Berkeley
Primary Sources East Asia from University of Washington
World Digital Library from the Library of Congress and UNESCO
Project that offers permanent access to historical collections in digital format to researchers & the general public.
Internet Archive : Moving Image Archive
Includes television news broadcasts and historical film clips.
Digital Public Library of America
The DPLA contains metadata records-information describing an item-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.
Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
Focuses on the United States, also includes international images. More than 1.2 million digitized images.
Life Magazine via Google Digitized issues back to 1935.
Google News Archive
Search historical news archives back to about 1880. Google automatically creates a time-line with results from each decade. Some content is free and and some is fee-based - check our library resources before paying for articles.
History Channel : Speeches
Contains hundreds of speeches that can be searched by speaker, subject or time period.
Life Magazine Photo Archives
Digitized images including photos and etchings produced and owned by LIFE dating all the way back to the 1750s.
NYPL Digital Gallery
Access to over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.
National Library of New Zealand. Papers Past
Digitized pages from 68 New Zealand newspapers and periodicals published between 1839 and 1945.
World History Sources from The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University
Primary sources links orgainzed by region and time period. Prepared by The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University.
Wikipedia is a great tool for a summary of a topic. Wikipedia content is constantly revised, and entries vary in quality. Some of the content is excellent, some is questionable.
Many educators frown on the use of Wikipedia. Why?
How can you use Wikipedia in a way that benefits your research process?