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Bracero History Archive “The Bracero History Archive collects and makes available the oral histories and artifacts pertaining to the Bracero program, a guest worker initiative that spanned the years 1942-1964. Millions of Mexican agricultural workers crossed the border under the program to work in more than half of the states in America.”

Historic Mexican & Mexican American Press This collection, housed by the University of Arizona, “…documents and showcases historic Mexican and Mexican American publications published in Tucson, El Paso, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sonora, Mexico from the mid-1800s to the 1970s.”

Our Americas Archive Partnership This collaboration between Rice University, University of Maryland, and Instituto Mora brings together a selection of original historical documents from the Americas.

United States

100 Milestone Documents 100 milestone documents compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration and drawn primarily from its nationwide holdings. The documents chronicle events in United States history from 1776 to 1965. 

Core Documents of U.S. Democracy "To provide American citizens direct online access to the basic Federal Government documents that define our democratic society, a core group of current and historical Government publications is being made available for free, permanent, public access via the GPO Access service.” 

Digital History This site includes sources on various aspects of U.S. history, slavery, Mexican American history, and Native American history. These sources include e-textbooks, annotations, primary sources, audio recordings, and images.  

Documenting the American South A collection of sources on Southern history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century. Digitized primary materials offer Southern perspectives on American history and culture.  

History Matters: Many Pasts "Contains almost 1,000 primary documents in text, image, and audio about the experiences of ordinary Americans throughout U.S. history. All of the documents have been screened by professional historians and are accompanied by annotations that address their larger historical significance and context. Arranged by time period, starting with the earliest documents." 

Hypertext on American History from the colonial period until Modern Times - Documents
A collection of documents from the Magna Carta to George W. Bush's inaugural address in 2001 that relate to the history of the United States.

Journals of the Lewis & Clark Expedition These digitized journals provide both text and drawings related to the observations of the expedition’s participants.

Making of America (Cornell University); Making of America (University of Michigan)
These both include full texts of primary sources in American social history from 1800 to 1925.  They are particularly strong in the areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, science, and technology. Document Library This includes letters, speeches, documents, web sites, books, and articles on significant people and events in American political thought and history. 

The American Civil War Home Page This contains links to hundreds of resources, including timelines, overviews, images, letters, accounts, diaries, bibliographies, state studies, specific battles, and rosters.  

American Civil War Resources: These Civil War materials from the Digital Library & Archives at the Virginia Tech Library include letters and diaries from both Union and Confederate soldiers, homefront letters, memoirs, and contemporary research files. 

Secession Era Editorials Project This site contains newspaper editorials about the following seminal events: the Nebraska bill debates, Dred Scott, John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry, and the attack on Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner by South Carolina representative Preston Brooks.

The Valley of the Shadow: Living the Civil War in Virginia and Pennsylvania The texts and documents on this site deal with two communities: Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and Staunton, Virginia. 

Archives of The West This is the resources page from the website "New Perspectives on The West," which is an outgrowth of the Ken Burns' PBS special "The West." 

Arizona Archives Online This includes finding aids from the various special collections at Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University 

Mountain Men and the Fur Trade "These documents are accounts of the Rocky Mountain fur trade during the first half of the 19th century. Most of these are either primary or secondary historical sources, and have been transcribed from printed or manuscript form." 

Online Archive of California This site provides access to several important California collections, including: the Free Speech Movement, Japanese-American Relocation, and California oral histories. 

Trails of Hope: Overland Diaries and Letters, 1846 - 1869 This site builds upon the overland trail diaries and letters found in the rich collections of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in the Lee Library at Brigham Young University; Special Collections in the Marriott Library at the University of Utah; and Special Collections in  the Merrill Library at Utah State University.  

Video Histories of Arizona Jewish Residents: “The collection of Video Histories of Arizona Jewish Residents consists of short video interviews of notable Jewish residents in the Greater Phoenix area. Important subjects such as Anti-semitism, family life, business, religion, and the vitality of the Phoenix Jewish community are discussed in the interviews. Subjects share memories which span from Arizona's admittance to the Union up until the collection's creation in 2008-2009. This collection was produced by the Arizona Jewish Historical Society with funding from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix. Additional funds were provided by the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix. Contributed by Arizona Jewish Historical Society.”


American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library This digital library is a rapidly growing collection of documents, photographs, sound recordings, motion pictures and maps. Some of the collections now available are: Pioneering Women; African American Perspectives; California Gold; Civil War Photographs; and America in the Great Depression.

Early Americas Digital Archive “The Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA) is a collection of electronic texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Digital Archives A growing body of presidential and personal papers related to the FDR presidency, including the President's Secretary File (PSF); British & German Diplomatic files; US-Vatican Diplomatic files; Fireside chats; and the Hackett Papers. 

Library of Congress Digital Collections

New York Public Library Digital Collections 

Foreign Relations of the United States The State Department maintains a permanent electronic archive of information released prior to January 20, 2001. 

US Congressional Documents: A Century of Lawmaking, 1774 - 1875 One of the major collections in the American Memory website; this invaluable site includes all major congressional documents for the country's first century. 

Declassified Documents Reference System - US (1941-1992) This includes the full text of declassified U.S. government documents. These cover nearly every major foreign and domestic event from the end of World War II through the 1970s.

National Security Archive As an independent research institute and library located at The George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The Archive also serves as a repository of government records on a wide range of topics pertaining to the national security, foreign, intelligence, and economic policies of the United States.

The Vietnam Archive "The Vietnam Archive mission is to collect and preserve the documentary record of the Vietnam War. The Vietnam Archive currently administers two projects, the Oral History Project and the Virtual Vietnam Archive."

Free Speech Movement Archives The link takes you directly to a list of pages and primary sources documenting the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley. 

Immigration to the United States "Documenting voluntary immigration to the United States from the signing of the Constitution to the start of the Great Depression."

Latin America and the Caribbean

Biblioteca Digital del Patrimonio Iberoamericano (Digital Library of Ibero-American Cultural Heritage) (Primarily in Spanish) This digital library contains a broad variety of digitized documents, ranging from manuscripts to photographs, from the national libraries of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Portugal, and Uruguay. 

Digital Library of the Caribbean This large collection, the result of a multinational collaboration between repositories, contains a wide range of primary sources from countries throughout the Caribbean.  

Digital Archive of Latin American and Caribbean Ephemera  Continuously updated, this digital collection contains Princeton University’s holdings of ephemeral publications from Latin America and the Caribbean, including items such as postcards, political pamphlets, and playbills. 

Latin American Digital Initiatives “The Latin American Digital Initiatives (LADI) repository is a collaborative project that preserves and provides digital access to unique archival documents from a network of Latin American partners with an emphasis on collections documenting human rights issues and underrepresented communities.”

Latin American Pamphlet Digital Collection This digital collection contains Harvard University’s holdings of 19th-20th century pamphlets from Latin American countries, including Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay, and Venezuela. 

Latin American Travelogues This site contains a selection of 16th-19th century accounts of travel throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Primeros Libros de las Américas “The Primeros Libros de las Américas: Impresos Americanos del Siglo XVI en las Bibliotecas del Mundo project is an international collaboration of more than 25 institutional partners throughout Mexico, Spain, Peru, and the United States that seeks to bring together digitally the first books printed in the Americas before 1601.”

Arizona-Sonora Documents Online “Arizona-Sonora Documents Online provides web access to digital images of archival collections relating to Sonora, Mexico that are located at three Arizona repositories: the University of Arizona Library Special Collections; the Arizona Historical Society-Tucson; and the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records. The collections date from the 19th and early 20th centuries.”

Baja California This resource contains “images of Baja California digitized from original photographs, postcards, prints, journals, and other materials held by UC San Diego Library.”

Fondo Colonial “The Fondo Colonial collection of the Archivo Histórico Municipal de Hidalgo del Parral (Parral Archive), spans a period between 1611 and 1821 and contains the civil colonial records of the Province of Nueva Viscaya, which today consists of the states of Chihuahua, Durango, Sonora, Sinaloa and part of Coahuila. Hidalgo del Parral was the unofficial capital for Nueva Viscaya for over 100 years, from the 1632s to the 1738s, and has the largest collection of Spanish colonial documents in northern Mexico.”

Brazilian Government Documents This website includes a range of digitized documents related to the Brazilian government and politics.

Constituciones hispanoamericanas This resource provides the full text of the constitutions of multiple countries in Latin America.

Latin American Political Campaign Ephemera Collection This collection, housed by UCSD, includes “Pamphlets, posters, and other campaign literature issued primarily by political parties in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Chile, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and El Salvador.”

Presidential Messages This page includes presidential messages from the presidents of Mexico and Argentina.  Although site navigation is clunky, all of the links are functional.

African Americans

African American History Written documents by and about African Americans. 

African-American Women A select collection of primary source materials from the Special Collections Department at Duke University. 

Africans in America  This site is divided into four segments: The Terrible Transformation, 1450 - 1750; Revolution, 1750 - 1805; Brotherly Love, 1791 - 1831; and Judgment Day, 1831 - 1865. 

Anti-Slavery Literature Project The goal of the Anti-Slavery Literature Project is to increase public access to a body of literature crucial to understanding the African American experience, the hisory of slavery, and early human rights philosophies. These multilingual collections contribute to an educational consciousness of the role of many antislavery writers in creating contemporary concepts of freedom.

Black Studies Center The Black Studies Center combines several invaluable resources for research and teaching in Black Studies, including: Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, International Index of Black Periodicals (IIBP), ProQuest Dissertations for Black Studies (1970-2004), and Black Literature Index (1827-1940). 

From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909 This presents 397 pamphlets from the Library of Congress's Rare Book and Special Collections Division by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics. The materials include personal accounts, public orations, organizational reports, and legislative speeches. Among the authors represented are Frederick Douglass, Kelly Miller, Charles Sumner, Mary Church Terrell, and Booker T. Washington.

Civil Rights Digital Library This collection, maintained by the Digital Library of Georgia, contains many images, newspaper articles, and links related to the Civil Rights movement; these resources are drawn from repositories across the United States.

Civil Rights Documentation Project This digital collection at the University of Southern Mississippi includes transcripts of oral history interviews, a civil rights timeline, and a bibliography. 

Malcolm X: A Research Site This website contains many resources on the life and legacy of Malcolm X. 

Gender and Sexuality

American Women's History: A Research Guide This provides access to selected large primary source collections. 

Five Colleges Archives Digital Access Project This collaboration provides access to digitized versions of archival records and manuscript collections relating primarily to women's history -- particularly women's education at the Five Colleges. 

The Life and Times of Florence Kelley “A digital archive on the life and times of Florence Kelley, the first woman factory inspector in the United States and resident of Hull House.”

National Women's History Project This website provides information and educational materials about the history of women from a variety of cultural backgrounds. 

Women and Social Movements in the United States: 1600 - 2000 This database links to more than 1,250 documents, 450 images, and 500 website links pertaining to Women and Social Movements. 

Women Working, 1800 - 1930 This site focuses on the role of women in the United States economy; the collection features approximately 500,000 digitized pages and images, including: 7,500 pages of manuscripts; 3,500 books and pamphlets; and 1,200 photographs.

The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-three Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.