United States History: Primary Sources
What is a primary source?
In the study of history, primary sources are documents, photographs, recordings, and artifacts created by contemporary historical actors or witnesses to historical events. Primary sources necessarily form the foundation of historical research. In the resources below you can find rich and multidimensional collections of primary sources from every era and reflecting every facet of United States history.
Primary Sources: Focus on America and Europe
Guides to Research With Images
Researchers seeking images for use in historical inquiry will find these guides especially useful: