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Primary Sources

A selective guide to finding primary sources at USC and beyond

Frequently used large Primary Source Databases

Adam Matthew  - Primary Sources for Teaching and Research
Adam Matthew publishes unique primary source collections from archives around the world. USC has access to a vast amount of Ada Matthew's collections.

Gale Primary Sources - Archives Unbound
Archives Unbound presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars, researchers, and students at the college and university level. A multi-disciplinary resource, collections cover a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward-from Witchcraft to World War II to twentieth-century political history. Particular strengths include U.S. foreign policy; U.S. civil rights; global affairs and colonial studies; and modern history. Collections are chosen based on requests from scholars, archivists, and students.

Sabin Americana - History of the Americas 1500-1926

Artstor provides faculty and students with a complete image resource in a wide array of subjects with the breath and depth to add context and examine influences beyond the confines of your discipline.


All database descriptions provided here derived from the database providers themselves.

Large primary source collections covering a range of topics and time periods

These mega-sites are good places to start your search for primary sources