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History: American: Primary Sources

Use this guide is to help you locate information resources for research about United States history topics.

Understanding Primary Sources

Helpful resources for learning about primary sources,
what they are and how to find them:

Research Using Primary Sources
from the University of Maryland Libraries

or Primary Sources at Yale:  What are Primary Sources
(describes different kinds of primary sources)

UC Irvine has a tutorial: Introduction to Primary Sources

These guides and tutorials are targeted at students from those universities, so some of the resources described will not be available to you.  However, there is a lot of useful information in each about primary sources in general.

What is a primary source?

A primary source is...

a source created at the time by an eyewitness or participant in the event. 

Examples are...

diaries, letters, news reports, interviews, etc.

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Union Catalogs

Search union catalogs of archival material

 ArcCat is a cooperative catalog describing archival and manuscript collections held by various Vermont institutions.

Historical Societies

Some historical societies' catalogs, finding aids and digitized documents are online.

Here are links to some local and state historical societies:

Vermont Historical Society (Barre, VT) offers its catalog online.

Rutland Historical Society

Chester Historical Society

New Hampshire Historical Society

New York Historical Society

Some historical societies' catalogs, finding aids and digitized documents are online.

Here are links to some local and state historical societies:

Vermont Historical Society (Barre, VT) offers its catalog online.

Rutland Historical Society

Chester Historical Society

New Hampshire Historical Society

New York Historical Society