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H236 America in War: Finding Primary Sources
These resources provide information about the United States during the periods of WW I, WW II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
Primary sources are original records created at the time historical
events occurred, or well after events occurred. Primary sources may include:
These sources serve as the raw
material to interpret the past. When they are used along with
previous interpretations by historians, they provide the resources
necessary for historical research.
Primary source databases available via IUS Library:
Listed here are the largest and most relevant resources, but depending on your topic, you may find it useful to choose "Databases By Subject" and examine the entire list of History databases. There are smaller and more specific resources in that list which are not included here.
Contains digitized newspapers from thirty-seven states, including Indiana and Kentucky, as well as information about American newspapers published from 1690 to the present. The years available for each newspaper vary, but coverage extends from 1836 to 1922.
Provides fully-searchable, cover to cover access of The Economist from 1843 to fifteen years ago. Also includes The Economist's supplements, Special Reports, and Surveys. Note: The ability to cross-search multiple primary source collections from the provider Gale is now available on the Gale Primary Sources platform.
Provides free and open access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. Note: A small number of American Memory collections are still available on the older platform: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
An archive providing full-text, searchable access to the The Times (London) from 1785 through 2011. Includes all articles, advertisements, editorials, illustrations, and photos.
See also Sunday Times (London) Note: The ability to cross-search multiple primary source collections from the provider Gale is now available on the Gale Primary Sources platform.
Provides access to more than 750,000 pages of government documents covering major policy issues from the period before the Second World War into the twenty first century, the archive serves as a convenient source for documents from government departments including Defense; State; Treasury; CIA; and the White House. USDDO supports the study of history, politics, international relations, and journalism, among other fields.