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Primary Sources: How to Search

Library of Congress, Primary Source Sets

Compiled for the use of classroom teachers, Primary Source Sets are collections of primary sources grouped around a theme, such as American Authors in the 19th Century, Children's Lives at the Turn of the Century, and Baseball Across a Divided Society. 

History Matters

Designed for high school and college teachers and students of U.S. history survey courses, this site serves as a gateway to web resources and offers unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents, and guides to analyzing historical evidence.

The site emphasizes materials that focus on the lives of ordinary Americans and actively involve students in analyzing and interpreting evidence. We welcome your participation in expanding and improving the site.

African American Newspapers and Periodicals

In UML Library catalog, available through Interlibrary Loan

Atlanta Independent (1904-1928)

Available through Google News

Documenting the American South

Documenting the American South (DocSouth), a digital publishing initiative sponsored by the University Library at theUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides access to digitized primary materials that offer Southern perspectives on American history and culture. It supplies teachers, students, and researchers at every educational level with a wide array of titles they can use for reference, studying, teaching, and research.

Digital History

Historically Significant Images in American History


National Security Archive

Founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy, the National Security Archive combines a unique range of functions: investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents.