"Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories..." -American Library Association. SEE Primary sources On the Web which guides you to audio, photographic, monographic or video formats or primary materials. See a list of our Primary Source Databases listed below.
- American Civil War: Letters and Diaries This release contains 2,009 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of diaries, letters and memoirs. Each source has been carefully chosen using leading bibliographies.
- American Civil War Research Database online resource for researching the individuals, regiments, and battles of the American Civil War. Originally created by Historical Data Systems, Inc., the database contains indexed, searchable Contains information on over 4 million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with over 17,000 photographs. With thousands of regimental rosters and officer profiles.
- American National Biography The premier biographical resource for notable people in American history.
- American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography
- Ancestry Library Reseach your own family history or that of your biographical subject. Contains Records from the United States, Canada, UK, Austrailia and Germany.
- ArchiveGrid Includes over 5 million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. With over 1,000 different archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies.
- Arte Publico The Arte Publico Hispanic Historical Collection presents a digital collection of historical content pertaining to U.S. Hispanic history, literature and culture....of the United States in its written form since colonial times until 1960.
- Black Thought and Culture Contains 1,303 sources with 1,210 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamplets, letters and other fugitive material.
- Black Women Writers Black Women Writers celebrates the many voices of women from Africa and the African Diaspora. Offering fiction, poetry, and essays from three continents, the database gives an unparalleled view of black women's struggles through time. The database features over 104,729 pages.
- British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries Includes the immediate experiences of approximately 500 women, as revealed in over 100,000 pages of diaries and letters.
- Congressional Record
- Early Encounters in North America over 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters
- English Poetry Database
- HarpWeek Week-to-week chronological record of world-wide events in the last half of the nineteenth century.
- Images of America Historical images of everyday people, places and events.
- Heritage Quest Discover your family history by searching: City Directories; 1850 and 1860 Slave Schedules;
U.S. Indian Census Rolls; Mortality Schedules;
Agricultural and Industrial Schedules; and
1890 Veterans Schedule
- Images of the American Civil War: Photographs, Posters and Ephemera Presents the dramatic imagery of nineteenth-century Americana as experienced from the social, military, and political perspectives.
- Latin American Women Writers Latin American Women Writers is an extensive searchable collection of prose, poetry, and drama composed by women writing in Mexico, Central America, and South America. Also included are essays by Latin American feminists and about the feminist movement that address both the universal concerns of women in every age and the distinctive issues of their struggles in the region. The database features 103,624 pages of prose, poetry and drama.
- Literature Online, ProQuest Curriculum-based Literature in Context series is a rich collection of primary source material, collateral readings, and commentary that helps students understand the historical, social, and cultural milieu associated with major literary works.
- MOME, Making of the Modern World The Making of the Modern World offers researchers new ways of understanding the emergence of modern economics and other social sciences.
- North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories provides a unique and personal view of what it meant to immigrate to America and Canada. Contains more than 100,000 pages of personal narratives, including letters, diaries, pamphlets, autobiographies, and oral histories.
- Oral History Online This release of Oral History Online provides in-depth indexing to more than 2,700 collections of Oral History in English from around the world.
- Populartion Index on the Web Population Index is the primary reference tool to the world's population literature. It presents an annotated bibliography of recently published books, journal articles, working papers, and other materials on population topics.
- ProQuest Congressional Rich database of primary historical resources.
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers Search the Wall Street Journal from 1889 and the New York Times from 1851. Also includes the Chicago Defender (1905-1975).
- The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960-74
- Women and Social Movements in the United States: 1600-2000 Women and Social Movements in the United States is a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women's history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. women's history generally and at the same time make those insights accessible to teachers and students at universities, colleges, and high schools. The collection currently includes 123 document projects and archives with 5,100 documents and more than 170,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by 2,700 primary authors.