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Primary Sources

Key Collections

These platforms have enormous collections of digitized primary sources covering a range of topics and time periods. Use these collections as your first port of call when researching primary sources before branching off to more specialized subject collections.

United States Collections

  • Digital Public Library of America

    Digital Public Library of America

    Access over 40 million cultural heritage items from libraries, archives, and museums around the US. Search the collection or check out their curated Primary Source Sets.


  • Library of Congress Digital Collections

    Library of Congress Digital Collections

    LOC Digital Collections provides access to digitized American historical materials including images, maps, manuscripts, prints, posters, sound recordings, films and more!


  • New York Public Library Digital Collections

    New York Public Library Digital Collections

    Contains 900,000 items digitized from the New York Public Library collections. Features prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, and more.


  • National Archives

    National Archives

    The National Archives is the nation's record keeper. It preserves and makes accessible important documents created by agencies of the United States federal government.


World Collections

  • Europeana


    Europeana Collections provides access to over 50 million digitised items – books, music, artworks and more – from archives, museums and libraries across Europe.


  • Bodleian Libraries


    Online gateway to over 650,000 digital images from the Bodleian Library. The collections cover cultures around the world, spanning the Medieval period to the present.


  • World Digital Library

    World Digital Library

    A collaborative project of the Library of Congress and UNESCO to bring together rare and unique documents that tell the story of the world’s cultures.