What are Primary Sources?

"A Primary Source is a document, image, or artifact that provides evidence from the past. It is an original document created contemporaneously with the event under discussion." -Robert C. Williams, The Historian's Toolbox: A Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History

Library of Congress American Memories Collection includes primary source documents in digital form. This is the largest library in the world and the premier digitized collection.

Ms. Herman's Class link for research on the Electoral College at U.S. National Archives

U.S. National Archives and Record Administration includes historical documents, census records, genealogy, military records, congressional records and digital images from the public domain.

GPO Access, Core Documents of U.S. Democracy includes direct access to primary sources of the United States government.

Calisphere is sponsored by the University of California and the California Digital Library and is a free public Gateway to primary sources. The collection includes more than 150,000 digitized items celebrating the history of California and our role in history.

Online Archive of California is an initiative of the University of California and includes over 120,000 images, more than 50,000 documents, letters and oral histories held by museums, historical societies and archives.

Harp Week Explore History is the electronic access to Harper's Weekly, a leading 19th century newspaper dating from 1857 to 1912.

AMDOCS, documents for the study of American History site maintained by the University of Kansas.

KCRW Archives, FREE Internet Public Radio is a community service of Santa Monica College in Los Angeles. KCRW is southern California's leading national public radio affiliate with an eclectic blend of music.

NPR (National Public Radio) describes themselves as "A thriving media organization at the forefront of digital innovation, NPR creates and distributes award-winning news, information, and music programming to a network of 900 independent stations. Through them, NPR programming reaches 27.2 million listeners every week." Their mission is to create a more informed public through access to in programming that meets the highest standards for news, music, arts & life, programming and podcasts.