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Primary Sources - United States
The books in this guide are generally collections of primary documents in US history.
Use the tabs to the right to select a time period or era, or other appropriate subject.
Don't forget to look in the "General" category. Those collections cover many, or all, of the time periods.
Also use the IRC Catalog to look up particular authors, for example: Thomas Paine, Marcus Garvey, etc.
Websites & Databases
Access to an extensive, continuously increasing collection of over 420,000 e-works of classic, primary source, and general reference materials covering everything from science to the arts and languages.
Alexander Street Black Thought & Culture
Black Thought and Culture is a landmark electronic collection of approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by major American black leaders—teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, war veterans, entertainers, and other figures—covering 250 years of history. In addition to the most familiar works, Black Thought and Culture presents a great deal of previously inaccessible material, including letters, speeches, prefatory essays, political leaflets, interviews, periodicals, and trial transcripts. The ideas of over 1,000 authors present an evolving and complex view of what it is to be black in America.
Alexander Street Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600 to 2000
Explore the multiplicity of women’s activism in American public life from Colonial times to the present. Women and Social Movements in the United States is one of the most heavily visited resources for women’s history and women’s studies on the Web, appealing to students and researchers at all levels.