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American History: Find Primary Sources

Find primary and secondary sources for American History research.

What time period are you researching? Choose a tab below:


Documents and Legislation


Newspapers & Periodicals


Other Primary Source Resources


Newspapers & Periodicals

Other Primary Collections




Other Periodicals (Magazines, Bulletins, Newsletters, etc.)


Other Resources

Examples of Primary Sources/Suggested Search Terms


Search Term: Correspondence

An 1864 Letter from WCU Special Collections.

Diaries & Journals

Search Terms: Diaries or Personal Narratives

Diary entry.

Original Reporting (News)


Front page of a 1943 Sylva Herald Issue.

Interviews and Oral Histories

Search Terms: interviews or anecdotes

Person Interviewing another on front porch.



Map of Jackson County.

Photos and Images

Search Terms: pictorial works or portraits

Photograph of a couple by a car from WCU Special Collections.

Legal Documents, Acts, Cases, Hearings

First Page, Acts of Assembly of the State of North Carolina, 1777 from the State Library of NC.