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History M140.Hopkins: Primary Sources on the Web

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Selected Primary Sources Websites for History

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*Library of Congress American Memory
"American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience."

*Library of Congress Primary Source Sets
"Sets of primary sources on baseball, Jamestown, Jim Crow laws, the Civil War, immigration, Spanish exploration, and the Dust Bowl from the Library of Congress including photos, maps, manuscripts, audio files, films, sheet music, and cartoons."

National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture
"The Mission of the Alabama State University Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture is two-fold: to serve as a clearinghouse for information concerning Montgomery, Alabama's pivotal role in the shaping and development of the modern civil rights movement."

BlackPast.org: Remembered & Reclaimed
"A reference center dedicated to providing information to the general public on African American history and on the history of the more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world."

African American History from the University of Washington Libraries
A research guide to primary and secondary sources for African American history.

National Archives (primary sources documents)
Explore the nation's history through documents, photos and records. "The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever."

100 Milestone Documents
List of 100 milestone documents, compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965.

AMIDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History
Collection of primary documents and speeches essential for the study of US History. Arranged chronologically: as of August 2004, from Columbus' journals to the report of the 9/11 Commission.

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