Primary Sources

Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals,
newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art and tools.
Using Primary Sources on the Web is a site with basic information about finding and evaluating primary sources on the web.
The following are links to major collections of primary sources and to directories of primary sources.  Special Topics includes links to primary sources on specific topics of study by BHS students.

United States History  
American Colonist’s Library  
American Memory  
Avalon Project  
Digital History, Images  
Foreign Policy Documents  
From Revolution to Reconstruction and Afterwards  
History Matters, Many Pasts  
Internet History Sourcebooks Project  
Making of America  
National Archives Online Exhibits  
Valley of the Shadow, Civil War sources  
Words and Deeds in American History  
European History
Avalon Project
EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History
Internet History Sourcebooks Project
World History
Avalon Project
Eyewitness to History
Internet History Sourcebooks Project
World War I
Maine History
Maine Memory Network
American Rhetoric
Special Topics
Black Death


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