Library of Congress
The Library of Congress includes more than 63 million manuscripts and the world’s largest collection of legal materials, films, maps, sheet music, and sound recordings. Primary document collections available through the Library of Congress include:
American Memory Project
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspaper
– Click on Topics in Chronicling America to find newspapers about events in American History.
National Union Catalog for Manuscript Collections
National Archives and Records Administration:
NARA includes the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and over 9 billion pages of text, maps, drawings, photos, film, and other documents pertaining to the business of the U.S. government. Part of the NARA collections at can also be viewed at DocsTeach.
Search more than 6.4 million records from the Smithsonian’s museums, archives, and libraries.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Over 60,000 documents detailing the political and social history of the United States, including manuscript letters, diaries, maps, photographs, printed books, and pamphlets dating from 1493 through modern times.
Access hundreds of thousands of images from the original and rare holdings of the New York Public Library, including images of drawings, maps, posters, prints, and more.
European primary historical documents that shed light on key historical events within the respective countries and within the broadest sense of political, economic, social, and cultural history.
This Internet library provides the public with access to historical collections in digital format. The library includes texts, audio, images, and archived web pages.
The Kentucky Digital Library is a gateway to rare and unique digitized collections housed in Kentucky archives. Search more than one million images.
This is the only state agency in the United States dedicated to oral history. Search or browse by collection. Not all materials are digitized, but collection locations are provided.
This cooperative project of members of the Greater Cincinnati Library Consortium has made nearly 6,000 local history images available on the Web.
A project of the Kentucky Oral History Commission, this site provides researchers with a database indexing more than 30,000 oral history recordings throughout Kentucky.
Online Finding Aid Repositories
Finding aids provide a researcher with a description of the primary documents held in a collection and they tell the researcher where that collection is held. These resources won’t link you directly to the document, but will tell you where you can find them.
OhioLink Finding Aid Repository
This repository will show you the collections held in archives, libraries, and other institutions across the state of Ohio.
Library of Congress
Browse the Library of Congress finding aids by collection.
Repositories of Primary Sources
“A listing of over 5,000 websites linking the researcher to descriptions of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar.”
Steely Library Research Resources Websites page.