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Primary Sources Guide

American Historical Primary Sources

American Journeys: A digital archive of early American and Canadian exploration.

Bibliography of Native North Americans: A database containing primary and secondary sources pertaining to Indigenous peoples in Canada and the United States. Some items may be retrievable through Douglas College Library's Interlibrary Loan service.

Chronicling America: Search for historic American newspapers produced between 1789 to 1963. Supported by the Library of Congress.

Digital Public Library of America: Search for images, texts, and videos documenting American history.

Discovering American Women's History Online: A digital collection of historic personal documents (letters, diaries, etc.) pertaining to the lives of American women.

LGBT Life with Full Text: Contains primary and secondary sources relating to LGBTQ+ issues and interests.

Library of Congress Collection: Digital images and documents from various Library of Congress collections.

New York Public Library Digital Collections: Digital images and documents from the New York Public Library's collections.

North American Slave Narratives: Contains first person accounts and testimonies produced by fugitive and former slaves.

International Historical Primary Sources




  • The East Asian Collection: A visual collection that focuses on Chinese history and Buddhist rituals and practices.
  • The Digital Southeast Asian Library: Photos, maps, and data relating to South Asian history and cultures, with a strong emphasis on India.
  • Southeast Asia Digital Library: Multimedia materials from collections representing Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Australia & Oceania


  • British Library: A massive collection of digital sources pertaining to British history and beyond.
  • The European Library: Provides access to millions of digital sources and bibliographic records from Europe's national libraries.
  • Europeana: Find art, artifacts, books, and more from European libraries, museums, and galleries.

Central & South America