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Finding Primary Sources: U.S. History, Civil War and Beyond

Looking for some primary sources for that history paper? Start here!

The Civil War and After

Track down material from the Civil War and after—including much more recent material!—here.

Open-Access Texts & More

The sources here are all freely available online, anywhere you have internet access.

Open-Access Oral Histories

You'll find oral histories elsewhere as well—but these archives focus strictly on testimonies and oral histories, often including audio of the initial interview as well as transcriptions.


These are all databases—you'll need to log in with your SXU credentials—and all contain primary source documents pertaining largely to the United States.

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