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History: United States History

Primary Sources

Silent Protest Parade on Fifth Avenue, New York City, July 28, 1917 in response to the East St. Louis Race Riot. Retrieved from NYPL.

 

Keep in mind that as you begin to develop a specific research topic there may be more pertinent primary source archives for you to utilize, the below resources are just jumping off points.

General United States History 
Keep in mind these might have resources pertinent to the breakouts listed below as well. 

 

​History of Indigenous Peoples/Native Americans in the United States

 

Asian American History

 

All of the guides below have pages for Primary Sources, please click on the link to be taken to the Primary Sources Page. Note: not all the sources will be specific to the United States.

Black Studies

Immigrants & Refugee Studies

Latin American and Latino/a History (page on this guide)

Gender and LGBTQ Studies

Women's History

See the Primary Sources page to gain a better understanding of what a primary source is.

Looking for Images or Newspapers? More options will be located under the Primary Sources page on this guide. 

Suggested Databases

Librarian Tip: When searching for names of people and/or places be sure to include alternative spellings to capture all pertinent results. Additionally, if searching across multiple languages think about how different languages refer to the person, place, or thing and utilize all terms. 

Librarian Tip: When searching for names of people and/or places be sure to include alternative spellings to capture all pertinent results. Additionally, if searching across multiple languages think about how different languages refer to the person, place, or thing and utilize all terms. 

Books to Consider

Subject & Keywords

Credits

We are indebted to the USC Libraries Asian American Studies Guide for some sources & descriptions listed here.