Find scholarly journals, primary sources and historical documents here:
Explore IRIS: Primary & Secondary Sources to learn more about understanding primary sources.
FilmsOnDemand: History Video Collection offers thousands of documentaries and films exploring many aspects of history.
PBS: American Experience
View complete episodes of select films from the acclaimed PBS documentary series. The series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present.
Books @ the Library
Legacy Washington documents extraordinary stories in Washington history. Collections include:
- Stories -“Extraordinary people, compelling stories… “
- LegacyMakers: Biographical database includes Washingtonians who have served in public office and activist roles.
- Classics in Washington History – free eBooks on the history of Washington and the Pacific Northwest: “brings together rare, out of print titles for easy access by students, teachers, genealogists and historians. Visit Washington’s early years through the lives of the men and women who lived and worked in Washington Territory and State.”
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Washington Rural Heritage
Provides access to digitized primary sources documenting the early culture, industry, and community life of Washington State.
The Nesset Family Farm Collection tells the story of Norwegian immigrant homesteaders who settled on the South Fork Nooksack River in 1902 and for decades worked tirelessly to coax a living from the land, raise five children, and run a small dairy. Family members documented the many pleasures of settler life in the South Fork, including hiking and skiing on Mount Baker, and fishing on the Nooksack River.
Oral History Projects
Additional Recommended Sites
AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History
Documents pertaining to American history dated from 800 to the present.
American Memory from the Library of Congress
Open access to documents, sound recordings, photography, maps, and music that chronicles the American experience.
American Presidency Project
This archive contains 87,000 documents relating to the study of the presidency.
Civil Rights Digital Library (Digital Library of Georgia)
Primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale related to the civil rights movement.
Global Middle Ages
See the world whole, c. 500 to 1500 CE, read the stories of lives, objects, and actions in dynamic relationship that change across deep time.
Google Cultural Institute
A Google site to help “preserve & promote culture online”. A visual snapshot of select historical events.
Early Americas Digital Archive (University of Maryland)
A collection of electronic texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820.
EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History
This online source for European history takes its material from selected transcripts, facsimiles, and translations. Political, economic, social and cultural aspects are included.
This resource provides in depth information about the Holocaust and includes various holocaust-era documentation (letters and diaries) provided in English. Repository for a collection of testimonies from Holocaust survivors. Includes a database of Shoah victims search by name, geography, or chronology.
Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930 (Harvard University)
is a web-based collection of historical materials from Harvard’s libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the United States from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression.
Library of Congress Digital Collections
View maps & photographs; read letters, diaries & newspapers; hear personal accounts of events; listen to sound recordings & watch historic films.
Making of America Collection (Cornell University)
The Cornell University Library Making of America Collection 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. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts.
Concentrates on British literature, history, and culture during the age of Victoria, and includes relevant material related to both earlier and later periods. It also includes comparative materials from countries outside the United Kingdom.
A Guide to Vietnam War Resources
Government documents, oral histories, antiwar movements.
World War I Document Archive
Primary documents concerning the Great War.