What is a PRIMARY RESOURCE?
Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event
or time period. Primary sources were either created during the time period being studied, or were created at a later date
by a participant in the events being studied (as in the case of memoirs) and they reflect the individual viewpoint of a participant
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The Avalon Project will mount digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy
and Government. We do not intend to mount only static text but rather to add value to the text by linking to supporting documents
expressly referred to in the body of the text.
The Avalon Project will no doubt contain controversial documents. Their inclusion does not indicate endorsement of their
contents nor sympathy with the ideology, doctrines, or means employed by their authors. They are included for the sake of
completeness and balance and because in many cases they are by our definition a supporting document.
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. It is a digital record of American history
and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical
events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong
esigned for high school and college teachers and students, History Matters serves as a gateway to web resources and offers
other useful materials for teaching U.S. history.
Making of America
Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through
reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology,
religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 9,500 books and 50,000 journal articles
with 19th century imprints
Repository of Primary Sources
A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other
primary sources for the research scholar. All links have been tested for correctness and appropriateness.
Historical Text Archive
The Historical Text Archive publishes high quality articles, books, essays, documents, historical photos, and links, screened
for content, for a broad range of historical subjects.
It was founded in 1990 in Mississippi and is one of the oldest history sites on the Internet.