Primary Sources for Historical Research
American Memory from the Library of Congress Drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress, American Memory features over 9 million items that document U.S. history and culture. The materials chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas, and is organized into more than 100 thematic collections.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle Brooklyn's historic paper of record, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1841-1902, available through the Brooklyn Public Library.
Harp Week: Explore History Within the larger HarpWeek site-which for a hefty subscription fee allows full-text searching of all Harper's Weekly issues from 1857-1912-this collection of 13 exhibits presents free access to a wealth of texts and images taken primarily from Harper's on a variety of subjects dealing with 19th-century American political and social history.
Living City Living City is a digital library concerned with the urban transformation of New York from the Civil War to the end of World War One. The information is centered around health issues, the urban infrastructure and environment, and how these relate to one another. The most important source used to generate the information for Living City is the collection of Annual Reports of the New York City Department of Health, which date from 1866.
How the Other Half Lives The full-text, complete with original illustrations, of the original, 1890 edition of Jacob A. Riis' How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York.
Making of America: Cornell University Cornell University's contributions to the digital library of primary sources in American social history. The MOA is a collaborative effort of Cornell University and the University of Michigan to preserve and provide electronic access to historical texts covering the period from the antebellum through reconstruction. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints from Cornell's collections.
Making of America: University of Michigan The University of Michigan's contributions to MOA. This site provides access to approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints from the university's collections.
New Deal Network A research and teaching resource dedicated to the public works and arts projects of the New Deal. It features a database of over 20,000 primary source materials including photographs, political cartoons, and texts (speeches, letters, and other historical documents).
New Netherlands Project