Primary Source

Primary Sources are the words of the witnesses or the first recorders of an event. They consist of unpublished documents and materials such as letters, diaries, government reports, tape recordings, photographs, and items of clothing as well as books, magazines, and newspaper articles that were published during the time of the event or the person being studied.

ARC: Archival Research Catalog

Descriptions of the National Archives' Collections.

Our Milestone Documents

Access to the 100 milestone documents.


Documents for the study of American history.

Library of Congress

American Memory Project

Making of America

Nineteenth century journal articles and books.

Documenting the American South

Files relating to southern history.

Civil War Women

Sources written by women during the Civil War.

American Slave Narratives

Interviews of former slaves.

declaration of independence