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History: Primary Sources

Library of Congress

Library of Congress
The Library of Congress

Materials include:
American history;
Prints & photographs;
Sound recordings;

The British Library

The British Library
The British Library

Materials include:
Sound recordings;
British newspapers 1800-1900;
Digitised manuscripts;
Treasures in Full;
Online Gallery


David Rumsey Map Collection

The historical map collection has over 31,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of theWorld, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented.

Primary Sources

Trinity Grammar SchoolA Primary source is an artifact, a document, a recording, or other source of information that was created at the time that you wish to write about.  

Primary sources not only document the details of the event, but include perceptions, discussions, etc. from that time.

Australian Primary Sources

Australianscreen Australia's audiovisual heritage. This site has film clips and notes from Australian film and television. 

Music Australia Brought to you by the National Library of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive.


National Archives of Australia " From dramatic events that shaped the nation to decisions that touched the lives of individual Australians, the records the National Archives holds are about people – from the ordinary to the famous – and their interactions with the Australian Government."

National Library Australia

National Library of Australia "Access more than 160,000 collection items including pictures, maps, books, journals, printed music, manuscripts and oral histories."

Picture Australia

Picture Australia See pictures of Australia’s past and present including: photographs, objects, maps and works of art. 

Using Primary Resources

Using Historical Sources

by David Koeller, Ph.D.
          Professor of History at a
          Smalll Liberal Arts College in         
          Chicago, IL


Trove is an online search engine developed by the National Library of Australia. At the click of a button, you can access a large and unrivalled repository of Australian material.

Browse for historical & current newspaper articles.  A great source of contemporaneous material. 
There are also digitised versions of various magazines, e.g. The Australian Women's Weekly (1932 - 1982).


Sepia Town

Sepia Town