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United States History: Locating Resources

Welcome to the United States History Research Guide


This guide provides links to important, substantial, and freely available collections of primary sources dealing with American history. The researcher will find the following information about United States History held within this particular guide: 

  • Colonial - from the first settlements of what would become the United States to the Revolution
  • Revolution to Antebellum - from the Revolution through the 1850s, includes coverage of slavery & abolition.
  • Civil War - primary source collections dealing with the war
  • Reconstruction to WWI - the post-Civil War era to World War I
  • WWI to WWII - from World War I through the Great Depression
  • World War II - primary source collections dealing with World War II, with a focus on the American experience
  • Post World War II - from the postwar years through the early 21st century, includes coverage of civil rights & the Vietnam War

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Getting Started: Key Resources