Up to Snuff #87: Primary and Secondary Sources

 

Up to Snuff #87:  Primary and Secondary Sources

Compiled by Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu (Extracted from Applied History Course 200, SNHU)

 

Letters, speeches, diaries, newspaper articles, photographs, paintings, oral histories

“Primary sources are created by someone who was a participant in, or witness to, the historical event you are studying.  Firsthand accounts.

Manuscripts, documents

Primary source sets (https://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/)

Library of Congress

 

100 Milestone Documents (http://www.ourdocuments.gov/content.php?flash+true&page+milestone)

National archives, American History 1776-1965  original and transcribed copies

 

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs online catalog (PPOC)

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/)

Photographs, drawings, prints

 

Smithsonian Source

(http://www.smithsoniansource.org/)

 

Memoirs, oral histories

Congress

Office of the President

Audio recordings

Moving Pictures

Video Recordings

Research data

Objects

Artifacts, works of art

Ancient roads, buidlings, tools or weapons

 

African American Biographical Database (AABD)-Proquest

1790-1950

 

American Antiquarian Society (AAS)

Historical Periodical Collection

1684-1912

 

Biography in Context-Gale

Magazine, journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, images

 

Black Studies Center-Proquest

(includes Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, international Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP)

The Chicago Defender, The Black Literature Index, The HistoryMakers oral history video resource and Black Abolitionist Papers

Congressional Legislative and Executive Publications-Proquest

Documents, hearings, CRS reports, committee reports, committee prints

Early English Books Online (EEBO)-Proquest

 

American Memory

At LOC

 

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

Digital Public Library of America

Resources from US libraries, archives, museums, including photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents

 

Documenting the American South (DAS)

Maintained by University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Digitized Southern Perspectives on American History and Culture

 

Edward E. Ayer Digital Collection

Primary documents on American Indians, Native American archaeology, ethnology, art and language

History of contact between Europeans and native peoples, voyages, travles, accounts of early America, the development of cartography of the Western Hemisphere and the history of aboriginal peoples under the jurisdiction of the U.S. in the Philippine Islands and Hawaii

 

Harvard University Digital Collections

 

Library of Anglo-American Culture

 

Library of Congress Picture Collection

1.25 million digitized photographs searchable database

Cartoons, baseball cards, Depression Era photos documenting struggle migrant workers

 

The Making of America (MoA)

Digital library of primary sources in American social history from antebellum period through reconstruction

 

 

Ancient History Sourcebook

Mesopotamia to origins of Christianity

 

Avalon Project

Yale Law School’s Avalon Projet contains digital documents relevant to the fileds of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy, Government, Ancient History to Modern Day.

 

Digital Scriptorium

Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

Teaching and scholarly research

 

Euro Docs

Primary Docs by European Country of Origin

 

European History Primary Sources for the British Library

Search primary sources from British Library by country, language, period, subject, or type or source

 

Hanover Historical Texts Collection

Digital versions  historical texts for use in history and humanities courses.  Material touches on the Crusaders, Italian Renaissance, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, French Revolution

 

Internet History Source Books Project

From Fordham University, find primary sources for Ancient, Medieval and Modern periods, the site offers several subdivisions (African, women)

The Labyrinth

Georgetown University, Medieval studies scholarly resources compiled and organized from around the world.  Contains texts in all European languages, including Latin and Greek.

Library of Congress Global Gateway

Digitized intl. resources including cuneiform tablets, photographs and manuscripts

 

Perseus Digital Library

Tufts University, ancient world, archaeology, atlas, texts, translations, text tools