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The following volumes of primary source materials may be found in the circulating and reference collections of the library.  Reference Librarians may assist students in locating primary source materials on topics not included in this listing.  Microfilm of the New York Times from 1891 to the present day and Boston Globe from 1964 to present day are also available.  Internet sites may also be very helpful for students.


American historical documents 1000-1904 / with introductions and notes. New York: Collier, 1961, c1938. 808.8 Harvard Glusker, Irwin.

American testament; fifty great documents of American history. Introductory notes by Robert A. Divine. New York, American Heritage Pub. Co. [1971] OVERSIZE 973.08 Glusker

The Annals of America. (v. 1. 1493-1754: Discovering a new world -- v. 2. 1755-1783: Resistance and revolution -- v. 3. 1784-1796: Organizing the new Nation -- v. 4. 1797-1820: Domestic expansion and foreign entanglements -- v. 5. 1821-1832: Steps toward equalitarianism -- v. 6. 1833-1840: The challenge of a continent -- v. 7. 1841-1849: Manifest destiny -- v. 8. 1850-1857: A house dividing -- v. 9. 1858-1865: The crisis of the Union -- v. 10. 1866-1883: Reconstruction and industrialization)
Chicago, Encyclopedia Britannica, inc. [c1968-1987] REFERENCE 973 Annals

Capital punishment in the United States: a documentary history / edited by Bryan Vila and Cynthia Morris. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997. 364.660973 Capital

MacDonald, William, 1863-1938. Documentary source book of American history, 1606-1926. New York: The Macmillan Company, [1926]. 973 McDonald

Documents illustrative of the formation of the union of the American states. Washington: G.P.O., 1927. 973.4 U.S. Library of Congress also REFERENCE 973.4 U. S.

Eyewitness to America: 500 years of America in the words of those who saw it happen. / edited by David Colbert. New York: Pantheon Books, c1997. 973 Eyewitness

Milestone documents in American history: exploring the primary sources that shaped America. (v. 1. 1763-1823 -- v. 2. 1824-1887 -- v. 3. 1888-1955 -- v. 4. 1956-2003) / Paul Finkelman, editor in chief. Dallas, TX: Schlager Group, c2008. REFERENCE 973 Milestone  (Available as a database)

Milestone documents of American leaders: exploring the primary sources of notable AmericansPaul Finkelman, editor in chief. Dallas, TX: Schlager Group. 2009.  REFERENCE 973 Milestone  (Available as a database)

United States. President. The State of the Union messages of the Presidents, 1790-1966. With an introduction by Arthur M. Schlesinger. New York, Chelsea House, 1966. 353.03 United States

Emery, Edwin. The story of America as reported by its newspapers, 1690-1965. (Colonial America (1690-1783) -- The new republic (1783-1820) -- The Jacksonian era (1820-1850) -- The slavery crisis and Civil War (1850-1865) -- Industrialization (1865-1890) -- Reform and progress (1890-1914) -- World War I and the roaring twenties (1914-1929) -- Depression and World War II (1929-1945) -- Only yesterday (1945-1965) New York, Simon and Schuster [1965] OVERSIZE 973 Emery

Witness to America: an illustrated documentary history of the United States from the Revolution to today. / Stephen Ambrose & Douglas Brinkley, [editors]. New York: HarperCollins, c1999.  REFERENCE 973 Witness


Daily Life through world history in primary documents:  the ancient world. / Lawrence Block, General Editor.  Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2009.  REFERENCE 909 Daily.

Milestone documents in World History: Exploring the primary sources that shaped the world.  Brian Bonhomme, General Editor.  Dallas, Tx : Schlager Group. 2010. REFERENCE 909 Milestone  (Available as a database). 

Milestone documents of world religions: exploring traditions of faith through primary sources.  David M. Fahey, Editor in Chief.  Dallas, TX.  2011.  REFERENCE 200 Milestone  (Available as a database).

Viorst, Milton.  The great documents of western civilization.  New York:  Chilton Books, c 1965.  901.9 Viorst.



Chronology of U.S. Primary History Documents http://www.law.ou.edu/hist/ 

Digitized Primary American History Sources Web site of the Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa

Internet Modern History Sourcebook

Gilder-Lerhman Institute of American History

National Archives Presidential Libraries Main Page Find documents, audio, video, and educational activities on the Presidential Timeline from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton.

Documents for the Study of American History http://www.vlib.us/amdocs/ 

The Results of The People's Vote: The most influential documents in American history


Roman Emperors:  http://www.roman-emperors.org/ 

Best of History Sites:  http://besthistorysites.net/

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.  It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America.  http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/

US Government website.  This web site allows a search of all of the departments of the U.S. Government which have provided many presidential, military, and legal documents for viewing.  http://www.usa.gov

National Archives Historical Documents provides America's historical documents including access to art, census statistics, Federal Depository, Presidential papers, terrorism, and more.  http://www.archives.gov/

Revised 11/2012

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