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Waidner-Spahr Library

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American Studies: Primary Sources

Additional Primary Sources

The library subscribes to dozens of primary source databases. This research guide highlights selected sources. To view the entire list, visit

Finding Primary Sources

The lists below contain links to selected tools for finding primary resources. For additional strategies and tools for finding primary materials, visit the Primary Sources research guide or contact a librarian. 

Primary Source Timeline

See our Primary Source Timeline to browse a selection of primary source databases organized by coverage dates and locations.


For a list of primary sources that document women's issues and experiences, visit:


For a list of primary sources documenting LGBTQ+ experiences and issues, visit:


Popular Press


Race Relations

For primary sources documenting civil rights and the experiences of people of African descent, visit:

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