U.S. Archives and Resources



National Archives Resources

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National Archives

Center for Legislative Archives

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U.S. National Archives Foreign Policy links and resources

The Text Message

State Department Digital Archives

Library of Congress Resources

Library of Congress

Library of Congress Digital Collections

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections

Passport Archive Guide to the Library of Congress

Presidential Libraries

Carter Presidential Library

Clinton Presidential Library

Eisenhower Presidential Library

Ford Presidential Library

George Bush Presidential Library

George W. Bush Presidential Library

Hoover Presidential Library

Johnson Presidential Library

Kennedy Presidential Library

Nixon Presidential Library

Obama Presidential Library

Passport Archive Guide to Eisenhower Presidential Library

Passport Archive Guide to Johnson Presidential Library

Reagan Presidential Library

Roosevelt Presidential Library

Truman Presidential Library

Government Diplomatic Document Collections

Foreign Relations of the United States Series (Office of the Historian, Department of State; entire series launched 1861 now digitized)

Argentina Declassification Project

U.S. Department of State Records at The National Archives (Digitized)

The CIA Online Reading Room - online collection of declassified CIA documents, organized by subject

Pentagon Papers - a secret Defense Department history of the Vietnam War, leaked by Daniel Ellsberg in 1971, and now digitized in full

U.S. National Library of Medicine - Digital Collections

Marshall Spaceflight Center Oral Histories (1960s-1990s)

FBI Records: The Vault - The FBI’s digital FOIA library

Naval History and Heritage Command (1940s-present)

WikiLeaks - A huge, largely unsorted and unread collection of sources for contemporary histories

U.S. Military Archives

Air Force Historical Research Agency

Other U.S. Archives and Resources

American Foreign Policy Center at Louisiana Tech University

Cold War International History Project

Dirksen Congressional Historical Collection

George C. Marshall Library & Archives

Georgetown University Foreign Policy Collections

National Security Archive

Sherman Grinberg Film Library

U.S. Diplomatic History Resources Index

Corporate and Private Records

Hagley Digital Archives - (over 80,000 digitized objects concerning commerce and trade activities in the U.S. and abroad, e.g., records of the DuPont corporation and American Chambers of Commerce)

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research - historical U.S. Polling Data


Rockefeller Archive Center

Private Library Archives and Collections

Freedom Summer Digital Collection (Wisconsin Historical Society)

New York Historical Society Digital Collections

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

National Criminal Justice Reference Service Virtual Library - 80,000 online resources including many official publications (mainly in English, most from U.S.)

Duke Collection of American Indian Oral History (University of Oklahoma)

University Collections

Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy (Yale Law School)

The American Presidency Project (University of California Santa Barbara) - an archive of presidential public comments

Secret White House Tapes / Archive of tapes (University of Virginia's Miller Center) - transcripts and audio files of presidential Oval Office conversations

U.S. Congress, Joint Committee on Atomic Energy (Stanford University) - materials produced and used by the Committee, 1946-77

AdViews (Duke University) - thousands of TV commercials from 126 companies, 1950s-1980s

WSLS-TV (Roanoke, VA) News Film Collection, 1951-1971

Vietnam Group Archive (Michigan State University)

The Vietnam War Oral History Project (Texas Tech University)

Hawaii War Records Depository Photos, 1941-45 (University of Hawai’i, Manoa Library)

Labor History Digital Resources (NYU Libraries)

Television News of the Civil Rights Era, 1950-1970 (University of Virginia)

History Lab/Freedom of Information Archive - 3.6 million declassified records from a range of U.S. and non-U.S. sources, e.g., State Department’s Central Foreign Policy Files and the UK Cabinet Papers

We Raise Our Voices Online Collection (Northeastern University) - historical records of Boston’s African-American, feminist, gay and lesbian, and Latino communities

Digital Collections at the Beinecke Library (Yale) - over one million images from the rare books and manuscripts collection

Oral History Archives (Columbia University)

Tamiment Library and Wagner Labor Archives (NYU) - labor, leftist, and social movement archives

Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies (UC Berkeley)

J. William Fulbright Papers (University of Arkansas)

ScholarWorks (William and Mary)


Chronicling America, the Library of Congress - vast historical newspaper archive up to the early 1960s

The Crisis - official publication of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People, 1910-, digitised via Google Books

Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives

Cultural Institutions and Resources

The Living Room Candidate - digitized Presidential campaign TV ads, 1952-2016

American Rhetoric Online Speech Bank - includes speeches by presidents, politicians, activists, and other public figures

San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive

Ad*Access - Digital Collection of over 7000 Advertisement from early 20th century U.S. and Canada, Duke University Library

WGBH Open Vault - film footage and oral history interviews from its documentary programs, including Vietnam: A Television History and War and Peace in the Nuclear Age

Television News of the Civil Rights Era, 1950-1970

General and Subject

Cold War International History Project Document Archive - Woodrow Wilson Center, key source for non-US primary sources

Hoover Institution Library & Archives

National Security Archive - non-profit foundation dedicated to declassifying and hosting records relating to U.S. foreign policy and national security

Watergate The Scandal That Brought Down Richard Nixon

Nixon Tapes and Transcripts

American Radicalism Collection - materials produced by a wide range of radical movements (of both left and right)

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library

Black Past - sources and documents on the history of African Americans and people of African descent globally

Civil Rights Digital Library

Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

Civil Rights Movement Archive: SNCC, SCLC, CORE, NAACP

Amistad Digital Resource - Civil Rights Era Collection

History Matters - features many resources for study of US history, including over 1,000 primary sources

Passport Archive Guides

Passport Archive Guide to Modern Presidential Libraries

Passport Archive Guide to Eisenhower Presidential Library

Passport Archive Guide to Lyndon Baines Johnson Library

Passport Archive Guide to Harry S. Truman Library

Passport Archive Guide to Herbert Hoover Library

Passport Archive Guide to Ford Library

Passport Archive Guide to John Glenn Archives

Passport Archive Guide - The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training

Passport Archive Guide - Key Sources for Nixon’s Foreign Policy