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American Memory

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A diversity of primary sources documenting American history and culture are preserved in the Library of Congress' National Digital Library Program's American Memory project. American Memory materials are primarily taken from the special collections of the Library of Congress.American Memory makes 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.  For a list of collections see:  Many collection components find a home under a larger heading.

Leads to a diversity of digital collections. Using American Memory one can enjoy America's less well known musical heritage, listen to sound recordings of famous men and women, read rare books and documents, or watch film clips of important events and everyday life.

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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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