This series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. The series, which is produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian, began in 1861 and now comprises more than 450 individual volumes. Volumes covering the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations (1961 - 1980) are available online at this website.
Hear the story of the Japanese American incarceration experience from those who lived it, and find thousands of historic photographs, documents, newspapers, letters and other primary source materials from immigration to the WWII incarceration and its aftermath.
This site, created by the University of Detroit Mercy, is a collection of over 800 speeches by antebellum blacks and approximately 1,000 editorials from the period. These important documents provide a portrait of black involvement in the anti-slavery movement; scans of these documents are provided as images and PDF files.
The Library of Congress presents the papers of the nineteenth-century African American abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then risked his freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher
A travel guide series published from 1936 to 1964 by Victor H. Green that provided African American travelers with the information necessary to board, dine, and sightsee comfortably and safely during the era of segregation.
Research tip: include the terms "documents of" or "documentary history"
when looking for primary sources on history topics.
STC Collection Highlights: Pre-Columbian Era to Civil War/Reconstruction
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The following links highlight a small sampling of the LOC's collections: