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On this page you will find links to general online and print sources, which cover a wide range of US history from the country's beginnings to the present. For more specific resources, information is organized via the following pages:
National Archives Primary Documents Project
Use this to find 3,000 letters, maps, images, and government documents from 1754 to the present.
Use this to find written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience from the Library of Congress.
UW Libraries Digital Collections
Use this to find photographs, maps, newspapers, posters, reports and other media from the UW and partners. Emphasis on rare and unique materials, primarily of the Pacific Northwest.
Use this to find 100 milestone documents of American history.
The American Presidency Project: State of the Union Addresses and Messages
Full text of presidential State of the Union Addresses and Messages from 1790 to present.
Duke Collection of American Indian Oral History
"Provides access to typescripts of interviews (1967 -1972) conducted with hundreds of Indians in Oklahoma regarding the histories and cultures of their respective nations and tribes. Related are accounts of Indian ceremonies, customs, social conditions, philosophies, and standards of living."
Books Containing Primary Sources
Annals of America
Call Number: REF E173.A793
Twenty-one volumes of laws, court decisions, formal declarations, presidential messages, private papers, newspaper editorials, diaries, and letters, representing turning points in U.S. history.
Document of American History by
Call Number: E173.C66 1968
Official and quasi-official documents illustrative of U.S. history from the Age of Discovery through the mid 1960s.
Encyclopedia of American Historical Documents by
Call Number: E173.E54 2004
Publication Date: 2004
Documents from the 15th century to 2002, representing turning points in U.S. history and culture. Includes speeches, acts, resolutions, treaties, and court decisions.