Primary Sources on the Web and Free Online eBooks

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Designed for high school and college teachers and students, History Matters serves as a gateway to web resources and offers other useful materials for teaching U.S. history.

Finding Primary Sources for Teachers and Students

 links to over 1200 history-related web sites that have been reviewed for quality, accuracy, and usefulness

Primary Sources on the Web

Discover 34,599,640 images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States

documents, films, and historic images
•Landmark Documents Organized by Era
•Historically Significant Court Cases in American History
•Historically Significant Supreme Court Cases in American History
•Historically Significant Newspaper Articles
•Historically Significant Newspaper Obituaries

contains digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news

a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use. Primary sources are available here primarily for use in high-school and university/college courses.

Database of and index to 5000+ full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events,

Online Sources for European History  Selected Transcriptions, Facsimiles and Translations

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Public Domain = Anyone can use it for any purpose; it's free to use without restriction.

Royalty Free   = Someone else owns it, so you can't own it; but, you can borrow it.

(Public domain: free within the U.S.)

Planet eBook


Digital Public Library of America


The Library of Congress

 - public domain audiobooks

Project Gutenberg

Rare Book Room
 (Public domain: free within the U.S.)





University of Pennsylvania

Each item is individually labeled, so make sure you read the small print!)

Open Library

1000s of Online eBooks
List from Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet

World Digital Library


Creative Commons Licenses
Creative Commons Licenses


 Provides an excellent summary
of  access and use definitions and policies.

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