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HIS410 U.S. History, Colonial Era: 1607-1763: Primary Sources

Types of Primary Sources

  • Autobiography
  • Diaries/Journals
  • Letters
  • Speeches
  • Government Documents
  • Magazines/Newspaper Articles
  • Manuscripts
  • Treaties

Primary Sources in Reference Books

Primary Sources in Databases

Internet Primary Sources

Early Americas Digital Archive – University of Maryland – A collection of electronic texts and links to texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820.

The Plymouth Colony Archive Project – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – A collection of searchable texts that focuses on Plymouth from 1620 to 1691: includes court records, colony laws, journals, memoirs, and wills.

Religion and the Founding of the American Republic – Library of Congress – A mix of images, primary text, and background information on the role of religion in the European settlements of America.

Salem Witch Trials – University of Virginia – A documentary archive of the Salem witch trials that features court records, personal letters, and maps of the area.

Virtual Jamestown – Virginia Polytechnic Institute & University of Virginia – An exploration of the Jamestown settlement through court records, public records, first-hand accounts, and newspaper advertisements andn articles.