68,000 tracks of historical recordings of jazz, blues, gospel and other genres, 1890's-1970's.
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Associated Press' library of photographs back to 1826, plus news stories, graphics and audio 1997-present.
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More than one million digital images of works of fine art, architecture and design.
Videos of dance performances, and documentaries on dance, from the 1950's to present.
Several collections of art images and photography, from sources including UMass Art History Department and Amica.
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Fifty thousand video testimonies in 32 languages, from 56 countries, on the Holocaust.
Many primary sources have been digitized or "born digital," and are available online either for free or through one of the university's subscription resources. This page contains some good places to start -- there are many more.
Note that while all of these resources contain primary sources, they do not only contain primary sources.
Large collection of reproductions of primary source material from U.S. Library of Congress: pictures, pamphlets and recordings. Earliest dates from 1400s.
Papers and articles of 300 US and European anti-slavery activists of color, 1830-1865.
The 125,000 earliest books published in English, as listed in Short Title Catalogs of Pollard & Redgrave (Ref Z 2002 P77) and Wing (Ref Z 2002 U587), 1475-1700.
Every significant book or pamphlet printed in the UK, and English-language titles printed in America, between 1701 and 1800.
Comprehensive bibliography of books, pamphlets and other records written in European countries on the Americas. A companion to Sabin's Bibliotheca Americana.
Primary source material for life as it was lived by 1,000 women in North America, 1675-1950.
Renaissance Center is the subscriber.
Reproductions of 250 early British women's manuscripts: accounts, diaries, prose, cookery books, and more.
Primary and secondary sources on women's involvement in historical events. Includes books, pamphlets, papers, and articles.
Activists' letters and diaries, conference proceedings, and other primary and secondary sources 1840-present.
A tool for finding, accessing and using Federal government data sets, newly developed to promote open government.
Declassified documents of the NSA and predecessor agencies, 1882-present.
Access to Congressional bills and reports; public laws and regulations; executive and federal agency documents; a catalog of government publications, and links to government websites.
Statistics gathered by the Census Bureau, with scholarly editing and essays, from colonial times to near present.
Hearings, bills, laws and legislative histories, committee prints, Congressional Research Service reports, Congressional Record and predecessors, and the Serial Set.
Annual reports of 800 leading US companies from as early as 1844.
Contains the texts of over 50,000 bilateral and multilateral treaties and agreement, in their original languages and French and English, 1920s-present.
Seven nineteenth-century African American newspapers in full text, including advertising, 1827-1902.
The paper in full text, 1893-1988.
The entire Boston Globe, searchable, in image files, 1872-1979.
Influential black weekly newspaper, searchable, in image files, 1905-1975.
English-language newspapers published in China. It spans 1832-1953, with most content from 1910-1940.
Newspaper of the Harlem Renaissance and beyond, 1922-1993.
The entire New York Times, searchable, in image files, from 1851 to three years ago.
The leading newspaper of the African American community in twentieth-century U.S. Covers 1911-2002.
Paper of record of the nation's capital, 1877-1995.
Thirty five searchable newspapers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and elsewhere, 1805-1922.
Amherst Bulletin, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Springfield Republican, Greenfield Recorder and six more Western Mass papers, most mid-90's to present
Four major Korean newspapers: Tonga ilbo 東亞日報 = Dong-A ilbo, 1920-1999; Kyŏnghyang sinmun 京鄕新聞 = Kyunghyang Shinmun, 1946-1999; Maeil kyŏngje sinmun 每日經濟新聞 = Maeil Business Newspaper, 1966-1999; and Han'gyŏre 한겨레 = The Hankyoreh, 1988-1999. Displays in original text, Hangul version text, and original images.
Chinese newspaper of record, 1946-present.
Combined search of historic Afro-American and ethnic and alternative newspapers, and historical Boston Globe, New York Times, and Washington Post.
Japan's largest newspaper, Yomiuri Shinbum, in full text, 1874-present. Includes English edition, Daily Yomiuri, 1989-present.