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The Star-Spangled Banner: A Guide to Resources

Beginning Your Research

Researching the history of the Star-Spangled Banner touches many disciplines including poetry, music, sociology, politics, and many more. Below are selected resources with which you can begin. You can find a wider variety of resources using the Library of Congress Online Catalog using the subject heading "Star-spangled banner (song)."


Below are three resources that will provide an overview of the history of the Star-Spangled Banner. The first, "The Music of the Star-Spangled Banner from Ludgate Hill to Capitol Hill" is a detailed history, the second, "The Star-Spangled Banner (article)" is more concise. The third, "Printing the Star-Spangled Banner" deals specifically with the song's early printing history.

Primary Sources

The following digitized primary source materials come from the Library of Congress collections, the University of Maryland, and

Digital Collections

Search for "star spangled banner" in the following Library of Congress digital collections to view both primary sources and related materials about the United States national anthem.

Books from the Library of Congress Catalog

The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.