Age of American Revolutions

Using Primary Resources

Primary resources are the basis of your blog project this semester. Below are some links to primary resources online. Save yourself some time and read the descriptions to see if the resource is related to your project.


primary source is first hand evidence. It was there at the time of an event.

primary source is contemporary to the period being studied.

Examples of primary sources are: speeches, letters, comics/cartoons, songs, legislation, court decisions, journals/diaries, interviews, artifacts, autobiographies, statistics, experiments, and photographs.

Primary Source Databases

The American Revolution

  1. On the American Revolution: Peter Force’s American Archives
  2. Transcripts of U.S. Congressional debates: Annals of Congress, Register of Debates
  3. Foreign relations: American State Papers
  4. Manuscripts of “founding fathers”

Newspapers and Periodicals

  1. US Newspapers
  2. US and International Newspapers

Slavery and Abolition

  1. Black Freedom Struggle in the United States (available online through Boston Public Library, requires BPL e-card)
  2. Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law (available to MCLA community through the Freel Library)

General works about the western hemisphere:

  1. Sabin Americana (available online through Boston Public Library, requires BPL e-card)
  2. 18th Century Collections Online (available online through Boston Public Library, requires BPL e-card)

The Haitian Revolution

  1. Haiti and the Atlantic World
  2. Haiti Documents

Latin America

  1. Choose three of the following databases below to explore and present on
  2. Latin America and the United States
  3. Spanish-Language Databases

**Is there something else you’d like to explore? Let me know and we’ll find something for you.

Legal Research

Boston Public Library eResources

eResources available through the Boston Public Library

BPL eCards are virtual library cards that allow users immediate entry to all of Boston Public Library's remotely-accessible electronic resources, including magazine databases, downloadable audio, video, eBooks, and music.

Students living in Massachusetts while attending school are eligible for a card. Click here to sign up for one.

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Recommended Resource Pages at BPL

Recommended Databases at BPL

  • Slavery & Antislavery
  • Sabin Americana
  • 17th and 18th Century US Newspapers
  • 19th Century US Newspapers