From a website likely to be of interest to most readers of this blog:
“Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred (or in the lifetime of those present 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, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons. These sources serve as the raw material to interpret the past.
This site is an attempt to bring together SOME of the best of these sites. I have attempted to arrange the sites geographically by the area covered.
It is virtually impossible to list all primary sources available online. This list can only scratch the surface. I have included mega-collections of sites where you will find many more sources than the few samples I mention.
Most of these primary sources are offered free to the public by government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations.
The links on this site were originally compiled for a genealogy program at Daniel Boone Regional Library by staff member Carolyn Paul Branch.”