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  • Using Primary Sources on the Web Written by the Instruction & Research Services Committee of the Reference and User Service Association History Section in the American Library Association.
    http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/History/RUSA/

  • Making Sense of Evidence provide strategies for analyzing online primary materials, with interactive exercises and a guide to traditional and online sources. “Scholars in Action ” segments show how scholars puzzle out the meaning of different kinds of primary sources, allowing you to try to make sense of a document yourself then providing audio clips in which leading scholars interpret the document and discuss strategies for overall analysis.
    http://historymatters.gmu.edu/browse/makesense

  • American Journeys: Eyewitness Accounts of Early American Exploration & Settlement
    This digital library contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration. View, search, print, or download more than 150 rare books, original manuscripts, and classic travel narratives. The project was funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Service for students exploring National History Day’s 2004 theme, “Exploration, Encounter & Exchange”
    http://www.americanjourneys.org/index.asp

  • American Memory - Library of Congress : Historical Collections for the National Digital Library (links to collections and "learning pages" pages teachers and students).
    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amhome.html

  • AmDocs : compiled by Lynn Nelson, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Kansas An index of primary source documents for the study of US history.
    http://www.ukans.edu/carrie/docs/amdocs_index.html

  • Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy
    http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/avalon.htm

  • British National Archives: see documents, photos and film from the National Archives
    http://www.learningcurve.gov.uk/

  • California Heritage Collection : currently includes 75,000 records and images from 11 California cultural institutions presented online by the California Digital Library
    http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/moac/ | http://oac.cdlib.org/

  • Colonial Williamsburg Multimedia Pages - photographs, music and recorded speeches from a larger site focusing on America in the colonial period
    http://www.history.org/media/

  • Chronology of US Historical Documents Provided by the University of Oklahoma College of Law
    http://www.law.ou.edu/hist/

  • DocLinks is a database of over 1100 annotated Web links to primary documents online for the study of American and Western History.
    http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/doclinks/

  • Documenting the American South : an electronic collection sponsored by the Academic Affairs Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides access to digitized primary materials including North American Slave Narratives
    http://docsouth.unc.edu/index.html

  • Early American History Archive: collection of rare documents from 18th and 19th century - from Native Americans to discovery and expansion of United States from 1st-hand-history Foundation.
    http://www.1st-hand-history.org/Lindex.htm

  • EuroDocs: Western European Primary Historical Documents
    http://library.byu.edu/~rdh/eurodocs/

  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Browse more than 600 annotated documents.
    http://www.gliah.uh.edu/documents/documents_p1.cfm

  • Hanover Historical Texts Project - Electronic texts produced by Hanover students and faculty
    http://history.hanover.edu/project.html

  • Harvard Classics > American Historical Documents - Treaties, speeches, historical accounts and governmental documents in this collection with links to Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents.
    http://www.bartleby.com/43/

  • History Teacher AP - Document Based Questions: Questions and supporting primary source documents compiled by teachers in preparation for AP US History exams.
    http://www.historyteacher.net/AHAP/AHAP-DBQMainPage.htm

  • National Archives and Records Administration: Primary Sources, activities, and training for educators and students
    http://www.nara.gov

  • Oral Histories in the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive - Oral history interviews with significant figures in the Mississippi civil rights struggle
    http://www.lib.usm.edu/~spcol/crda/oh/

  • Our Documents: A National Initiative on American History - One hundred milestone documents of American history with supporting teaching materials.
    http://www.ourdocuments.gov

  • Picture This: California’s Perspectives on American History features 140 primary source images from the Oakland Museum of California’s collections that reflect the rich cultural diversity of California.
    http://www.museumca.org/picturethis/

  • Revolution to Reconstruction: A Hypertext on American History - Index of primary sources used in the hypertext project.
    http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/D/index.htm