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Library of Congress Digital Collections

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A diversity of primary sources documenting American history and culture are preserved in the Library of Congress' Digital Collections. These materials are primarily taken from the special collections of the Library of Congress. These digital collections make accessible documents (including books, manuscripts, and sheet music), motion picture and broadcasting materials, photographs and prints, sound recordings, and maps. Collections range from periodicals and government materials to well over 1,000 Civil War photographs, 25,000 photographs of turn-of-the-century America, and panoramic maps of American cities. This site offers more than 7,000,000 digital items from more than 100 historical collections and its range and depth are overwhelming. Many collection components find a home under a larger heading.

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All time periods.

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Some digitized collections are available in other formats. Consult the UB Libraries Catalog.

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