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Using the Library of Congress Online: A Guide for Middle and High School Students

Primary Sources

"Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts that retell, analyze, or interpret events, usually at a distance of time or place."

—Library of Congress Teacher's Page

The Library of Congress Teacher's page provides tools and guides for using primary sources in research, focusing of the unique materials in the Library's digital collections.


Browse unique primary sources at the Library of Congress by theme or format using the links below:

Specialists at the Library of Congress have created thematic approaches for viewing the digital collections:

The following links provide special browses of the Library's digital collections by format:

The following specialized catalogs provide direct access to special groups of library materials: