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HIS 338 - Young America

This guide provides resources targeted to a greater understanding of American society from the War of 1812 through the Mexican - American war.

Oral Histories


Oral Histories of the American South
A project to digitize 500 interviews, this collection contains interviews with civil rights leaders in the south and southern politicians such as Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

Suffragist Oral History Project 
From UC Berkeley Library this collection contains 12 interviews with participants in the suffragist movement.

Databases with Primary Sources


The library subscribes to a number of databases that include primary source material. Please note that not everything within each database is a primary source; you will need to evaluate each source carefully to determine if it meets the criteria of a primary source for your research.

Primary Sources


Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies such as Congress or the Office of the President, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons.

Taken from the American Library Association / Reference and User Services Association http://www.ala.org/rusa/sections/history/resources/pubs/usingprimarysources

American History Primary Sources


The following is a list of selected digital collections that include images, manuscripts, maps, and government documents.

Early American History


World History Primary Sources


The following is a selected list of digital collections supporting world history research.