Primary Sources

Library Resources:

Tip: when searching for primary sources in the library catalog, it is helpful to add one of the following keywords to your search: documents, sources, narrative, voices, speeches, or recordings.


    • African American Newspapers: Series 1, Series 2 Covers hundreds of publications primarily serving African-American communities in the 19th and 20th centuries.
    • Boston Globe  Full access to Boston Globe archives from 1872-present. Only five users may be logged on at one time. Students and staff, please click here for access.
    • Lexis-Nexis Scholastic Edition Over 50 major U.S. and international newspapers since 1989. Transcripts of radio and televised national and international broadcasts are available as well as legal cases.
      • The New York Times Current and historical access to the New York Times. Students and staff, please click here for access.
    • Wall Street Journal  A daily international newspaper with an emphasis on business and economics. Covers current and last five years. Students and staff, please click here for access.

Other Primary Sources

    • Social Activism in the United States A collection of digital archives related to various social justice issues throughout US history including the Civil Rights Movement, the LGBTQIAP+ rights movement, the women’s rights movement and more.


External Sources:

American Journeys

The Avalon Project

Documenting the American South

DPLA Primary Source Sets

Library of Congress digital collections

Many Pasts

Massachusetts Historical Society

National Archives digital collections

Pew Research Center

Presidential Speeches Archive

Smithsonian Learning Lab