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AP U.S. History | Dr. Perot: Primary Source Websites/Databases

The information in this guide will help you do the scholarly research necessary in your Advanced Placement U.S. History course.

Primary Source Material

Primary sources allow you to view and analyze photographs, news reports, plays, literature, diaries, letters, legal documents and other material from the time of your event. While secondary sources have already interpreted and analyzed the source, looking at primary documents and objects allows you to think for yourself and form your own opinions.

Boston Public Library eCard

NYPL Collections

National Archives

The Artemis Collection


Archival Newsreels / Videos

Salem Press Online

Library of Congress

Avalon | Primary Documents