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"American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America..."
Documenting the American South
"Documenting the American South (DocSouth) includes sixteen thematic collections of primary sources for the study of southern history, literature, and culture." These documents are made available via the University of North Carolina.
Making of America
"Making of America (MOA) represents a major collaborative endeavor to preserve and make accessible through digital technology a significant body of primary sources related to development of the U.S. infrastructure...The initial phase of the project, begun in the fall of 1995, focused on developing a collaborative effort between Cornell University and the University of Michigan. Drawing on the depth of primary materials within their respective libraries, these two institutions developed a thematically-related digital library documenting American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. "
The Valley of the Shadow
"The Valley Project details life in two American communities, one Northern and one Southern, from the time of John Brown's Raid through the Era of Reconstruction." The website contains primary documents, such as letters, diaries, newspapers, etc. from this period in history. It is a project of the University of Virginia.
Civil War Letters & Diaries
Primary documents made possible by The University of Iowa Libraries.
Civil War Diaries & Letters Collections
Primary Resources made possible by Auburn University Digital Library.
Colonial Charters, Grants and Related Documents
Documents made possible by the Avalon Project - Yale Law School
Primary documents made possible via Cornell University Library.
Hathi Trust Digital Library
"HathiTrust...is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future."