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Primary and Secondary Sources and finding Archival Material

Primary Sources for Historical Study

This guide will introduce you to Primary resources you can use for History

First we need to understand the difference between Primary and Secondary Sources. Watch this short video from the Gale Family Library on the topic.

Archive Databases

International Archival Institutional Databases


Library of Congress Research and Reference Service 


Library of Congress Fenton Crimean War Photographs 


The National Archives of the United Kingdom 


The British Library Manuscripts and Archives 


National Army Museum UK 


Forces War Records UK 


Russian Archives


Wilson Centre Archive


Sources on the W&J Library Database 

Archive Grid 


AM Explorer 


American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection 


Gale Primary Sources 

19th Century U.S. Newspapers. Covers 1800 to 1900 


Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003 


University of Pittsburgh Digital Collections


Heinz History Centre, Pittsburgh