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HIST 301: The Historian’s Craft: Reading, Research and Writing History

This is a course guide for students enrolled in History 301 at California State University Northridge.

Library Database Sources (Primary Sources)

Selected Primary Internet Resources

Library of Congress American Revolution Digital Collections Research Guides
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of primary source materials associated with the American Revolution era (1763-1783), including manuscripts, broadsides, government documents, books, images, and maps. Provided below is a link to the home page for each relevant digital collection along with selected highlights.

National Archives: Founders Online
Through this website, you can read and search through thousands of records from George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison and see firsthand the growth of democracy and the birth of the Republic.

American Archives: Documents of the American Revolution, 1774-1776
9 volumes of rare pamphlets, correspondence, and proceedings relating to the settlement of the colonies from 1774-1776

A Guide to the American Revolution, 1763-1783

Internet History Sourcebooks: American Independence

Papers (Letters, Diaries & More)

Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801. Papers

Benjamin Franklin Papers

George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress 1741-1799

Letters of delegates to Congress, 1774-1789

Primary Sources (Providence College): diaries, journals, etc. from the American Revolution

Spy Letters of the American Revolution

Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources