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FULL TEXT PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENT COLLECTIONS
- AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History -- This list of links to primary source documents is from the University of Kansas. It is arranged in chronological order by centuries.
- American Memory Historical Collections -- This is a major effort of the Library of Congress to digitize and deliver electronically its distinctive holdings in a wide variety of history and cultural areas. The more than 100 collections include rare books, photographs, manuscripts, and recorded sound in subject collections such as westward expansion, immigration, the Civil War, baseball, sheet music, and papers of Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, and Abraham Lincoln.
- American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920 -- This collection comprises 253 published narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies and the U.S.
- Avalon Project at the Yale Law School: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy -- The Avalon Project is an effort to digitally reproduce documents relevant to history, law, economics, politics, diplomacy, and government. It is arranged by centuries.
- The Capital and the Bay: Narratives of Washington and the Chesapeake Bay Region, ca. 1600-1925 -- This collection includes first-person narratives, early histories, historical biographies, brochures and photographs of this region.
- A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation --
This Library of Congress site provides full-text access to the early records and acts of Congress from 1774-1875. Included are records of the Continental Congress, Constitutional Convention, and through the 43rd Congress. Examples include:
- American State Papers, 1789-1838 -- 38 vols. of legislative and executive documents in series on naval affairs, foreign relations, military affairs, commerce and navigation, Indian affairs, and finance.
- Historical debates and Proceedings of Congress in 4 series:
- U.S. Serial Set -- not yet complete, this link contains selected House and Senate documents and reports from 1833-1917.
- Cold War International History Project Digital Archive -- Full-text U.S. or translated documents, especially from the Soviet Union and China on Cold War incidents and events.
- Digital Librarian: Electronic Texts and Primary Sources -- This site is an alphabetical list to a variety of web sites of electronic texts and documents in history and the humanities.
- Electronic Text Collections (Hanover College) -- Hanover College has organized this site to gather links to electronic texts in general and specialized collections in areas of the humanities. It is grouped by time periods and regions.
- EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History -- Brigham Young University hosts this major collection of primary source documents covering regions, countries, and time periods of European history. Most sections are arranged chronologically
- The First World War: Personal Experiences -- This collection from a variety of archives and libraries includes diaries, letters, postcards, music, art, photographs, cartoons, etc. covering all aspects of the war.
- Hanover Historical Texts Project -- This site, developed at Hanover College, contains primary source texts in history and the humanities. It is organized by time periods, regions and countries.
- Internet History Sourcebooks Project -- This web site organizes public domain full-text historical texts, grouped into sourcebooks. The main sourcebooks are on ancient, medieval, and modern history, with subsidiary ones in regional or ethnic histories. The site is maintained at Fordham University.
- JFK's Foreign Affairs and International Crises, 1961-1963 -- This collection provides insights into President Kennedy's views on foreign affairs in many areas, including Bay of Pigs, Cuba, Berlin, NATO, nuclear weapons, and the space race.
- Papers of the War Department, 1784-1800 -- This site containing early War Department documents was put up by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University
History Vault: Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy, 1960-1975 -- An
extensive collection of documents related to all aspects of American involvement
in Vietnam, including reports from the military and foreign policy officials.
- Records of the Persian Gulf War -- This site contains documents from the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library from 1990 and 1991 related to the diplomatic and military response by the U.S. to the Iraqi invastion of Kuwait.
- United States Congressional Serial Set -- Full-text House and Senate documents and reports from 1789 through 1969. Under "Search Within" unclick all the boxes except Serial Set 1789-1969.
- Westward by Sea: A Maritime Perspective on American Expansion, 1820-1890 -- These items are from the Mystic Seaport archival collections and include logbooks, diaries, letters, business papers, and published narratives of voyages and travels.
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Last updated: 3 May 2012