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US History Primary Sources


  • Ad*Access
    Images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II.
  • American Journeys: Eyewitness Accounts of Early American Exploration and Settlement (up to 1844)
  • Archive of Early American Images A database of images of the colonial Americas, 1492-1825
  • Corbis Images
    Online database of historical photography.
  • Getty Images
    Online database of historical images.
  • New York Public Library Picture Collection Online
    Contains 30,000 high-resolution digital images taken from the New York Public Library's extensive collection of books, magazines, newspapers, photographs, and prints. Most images are pre-1923, and the collection is especially strong in the areas of fashion and natural history.
  • Perseus Digital Library
    Extensive digital library of primary source texts and artifacts, covering Ancient Greece and Rome, the English Renaissance, and early North American history.
  • Picture History
    Accesses thousands of high-quality digital images and video clips documents over 200 years of American cultural, political, military, and social history. Offers a variety of search functions as well as the ability to save or e-mail images for free.
  • Picturing US History
    From the website: "Picturing United States History: An Interactive Resource for Teaching with Visual Evidence is a digital project based on the belief that visual materials are vital to understanding the American past. "
  • Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
    Provides access to more than one million historically significant digital images, some of which can be freely downloaded.