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American Studies: Primary Sources

This guide highlights core print and electronic Library resources in the area of American Studies and it links to relevant web resources. Use this guide as your starting point, come to the library or Ask a Librarian for more resources and further help.

What are Primary Sources ?

Primary sources are documents created during the period that is being studied; the information in a primary document is in its original form when it first appeared; it has not been published anywhere else or put into context, interpreted, filtered, condensed or evaluated by anyone else.

Guides to Archival Collections


Find resources in the Library Catalog under: United States -- History -- Sources 

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Primary sources in the Library archives and special collections

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Primary Sources @ the Library of Congress

Digital Collections