Primary Sources

Because the use of primary sources is critical to the study of history, some web-based resources for primary sources are listed below.

  • National History Day Research at UW Libraries - An online resource of the libraries within the University of Washington. The website provides list of history resources for both teachers and students, follow the link to primary resources.


  • Alaska's Digital Library - An Alaska historical and cultural online resource of historical photographs, albumsoral historiesmoving imagesmapsdocumentsphysical objects, and other materials from libraries, museums and archives throughout the state.


  • Library of Congress - The national library offers a teacher page with resources as well as classroom materials.


  • U.S. National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) - The  Teachers' Resources page lists several options for primary sources at the bottom of the page. In particular is the NARA online tool-


  • History Matters:The U.S. Survey Course on the Web - The website offers history and teaching resources; in particular, the Making Sense of Evidence page offers both analysis processes and examples of online primary sources.