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Primary Source Research and Discovery

An introduction to primary source research

Digital Collections

Many institutions including cultural heritage organizations, government organizations, universities, museums, and libraries publish selected content in their physical collections. Below is a brief list of digital collections housed at single organizations and databases that aggregate content from many organizations.

A-Z Primary Source Databases

Browse library primary source databases.

Collection Finding Aids

Archivists create documents called finding aids. These documents describe the content in collections. Finding aids are published online as a tool for research access. The links below are just a few examples of websites that bring finding aids together from several institutions.