History Research Guide

Finding Sources Across Time and Space

Freely Available Primary Source Collections

Remember to employ advanced search strategies to meet your specific needs when using online search engines.

Primary source projects are often organized by libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, or even international organizations (like UNESCO). The following are just some of the freely available primary source collections or projects accessible online.

Collections by Date/Era

Collections by Category

Newspapers / Periodicals

Scholarly &/or Secondary Sources

The below databases are good places to start when looking for scholarly secondary sources on historical topics.