Primary Sources

The following is a selected list of primary source databases that focus on American materials (books, newspapers, images, articles from earlier periods). For a more, see the History: Primary Sources database page.

Rare Books & Mss.

The Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) includes 400,000 printed volumes, more than 70 million manuscripts, and another million photographs, paintings, prints, and other visual media. Explore RMC's 19th century American photography collection as represented in an online exhibition.

Kheel Archives - ILR Library

The Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives is the unit of Catherwood Library that collects, preserves, and makes accessible special collections pertaining to the history of the workplace and labor relations. Materials consist of unique and rich primary sources, including printed and hand-written historical documents dating back to colonial times, historical photographs, rare pamphlets, audio recordings, film, and oral histories.