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Smithsonian: Primary Sources

You may be asked to include Primary Sources in your research.  A Primary Source is a document, photo or other artifact that is a first-hand account of an event that was created at or near the time of the event.  A second hand source is a material that is based on a Primary Source.  The Smithsonian Institute online is one website that will give you reliable Primary Source materials, and you will be able to see the citation written out to copy.
Check out the Smithsonian Primary Source website.

General Information

In addition to specific resources for your program, the Library provides general resources that are helpful for your electives. Resources include library materials, featuring books, ebooks, journals, and/or media in your elective that are listed in the Library Catalog; and Web resources, featuring recommended Web resources  selected and annotated by NEIT's Reference Librarians. 

These resources are intended to be a starting point only and are not a comprehensive guide to all the resources available.  Always be sure to Ask a Librarian.


Library materials on the history of the United States in general are found in the Library under the classification E184-E893 (listed in the Library Catalog under the subject heading United States--History. United States--History is also further subdivided by dates.) Works on United States local history are found in F1-F975 (listed in the Library Catalog by region, state or city).

For more titles, search the Library Catalog using the subject terms listed above in bold.
♦  The age of Edison: electric light and the invention of modern America /
by Ernest Freeberg
T173.4 .F24 2013
History:  The Age of Edison places the story of Edison's invention in the context of a technological revolution that transformed America and Europe in these decades. [2/20]
♦  The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton /
William E. Leuchtenburg.
E176.1 .L377 2015
A chronicle of anecdote and wit with assessment of their conduct in office, preoccupation, and temperment. [2/20]
♦  Code girls: the untold story of the American code breakers of WWII / Liza Mundy
D810 .C88 .86 2017
10.000 women served in the US Army and Navy as code breakers during WWII. Their code-breaking triumphs shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. [2/20]
♦  First women: the grace and power of America's modern first ladies /
Kate Anderson Brower
E176.2 B77 2016
Candid stories of the 10 remarkable women who have defined the role of the First  Lady of the United States. [2/20]
♦  Frontier Grit / Marianne Monson.
E663 .M73 2016
Stories of twelve women who came out West from all points of the globe- all endured hardships, overcame obstacles, and changed the world. [2/20]
♦  Hidden figures: the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race / Margot Lee Shelterly.
QA27.5 .L44 2016
The women of Langley's all black "West Computing" group were part of a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" who used pencils, slide rulers, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space. [2/20]
♦  The limits of partnership: U.S.-Russian relations in the twenty-first century / Angela E. Stent.
E183.8 R9 S836 2015 [2/20]
♦  The making of Asian America / Erika Lee.
E184 .A75 L43 2015
Asian Americans role in American life from 1500's to present revealing the complicated role that race still plays in the U.S. [2/20]
♦  Our America: a Hispanic history of the United States / Felipe Fernandez-Armesto.
E184 .S75 F46 2014
The U.S. clearly has a Hispanic present and future and here the author presents its Hispanic past. [2/20]
♦  The voting rights war: the NAACP and the ongoing struggle for justice /
Gloria J. Browne-Marshall.
JK1924 .B76 2016  [2/20]
100 years of work by NAACP at the Supreme Court.
♦  A woman of no importance: the untold story of the American spy who helped win World War II / Sonia Purnell
D810 .S8 G597 2019 [2/20]
♦  The woman's hour: the grest fight to win the vote / Elaine Weiss.
JK1911 .T2 W45 2018
One more state is needed to ratify the 19th amendment (the woman vote) after a seven-decade crusade. This book follows a handful of activists that summer in Tennessee. [2/20]
♦  West like lightning: the brief, legendary ride of the Pony Express /
Jim DeFelice.
HE6375 .P65 D44 2018 [2/20]


♦  The charters of freedom: "a new world is at hand" [electronic resource]
The Charters of Freedom web page on the National Archives & Records Administration web site offers high resolution versions of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, and transcriptions of each document. Essays that provide historical context for the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are also presented.  [4/14]


Search EBSCO's Full Text Finder for Journal Titles, or by subject or simple keyword.
Suggested titles
below listed as (e-journals or electronic journals) can be located in the subscription service, EBSCO's Full Text Finder.

♦  American Heritage (e-journal 1990-2012)
Focuses on American history, presenting essays on topics relating to
events in US history.
♦  Rhode Island History (online   1942 - 2010) 
♦  Smithsonian (in Library) (e-journal 1990 - present) (online 1995 - present)
A monthly magazine chronicles the arts, history, sciences and popular culture of
the times.


Listed are selected media titles pertinent to your elective:

♦  Mandate : the president and the people  [videorecording] / a project of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands ; a co-production of Kunhardt Productions, Inc. and Thirteen/WNET New York. 
Media (DVD) JK516 .M35 2005
Examines the long and complex relationship between the presidency, mass media, and public opinion. Leading historians, political scientists, and public figures offer insight into presidents and presidencies from George Washington to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

♦  Turning points in U.S. history - a DVD series produced by Centre Communications and People Productions for Ambrose Video Publishing. Each title provides an overview of defining moments from that century, from historical events and scientific breakthroughs to literary landmarks and technological innovations, using primary source documents that bring history to life. Includes:

♦  18th century turning points in U.S. history [videorecording].
Media (DVD) E188 .E44 2003 Pts. 1-4
♦  19th century turning points in U.S. history [videorecording].
Media (DVD) E337.5 .N46 2002 Pts. 1-4
♦  20th century turning points in U.S. history [videorecording].
Media (DVD) E741 .T84 2004 Pts. 1-4

Web Resources

Listed are selected web resources pertinent to your elective:

♦ U.S. History
Find facts and information about U.S. history from trusted sources at, from publisher Cengage Learning. [8/16]
♦  Smithsonian: National Museum of American History
Artifacts and archival records reflecting experiences of American people, from social and cultural history to the history of science, medicine, and technology.  [8/16]
♦  Smithsonian Source:  Primary Sources
Smithsonian Source provides a searchable database of quotes and images of useful materials deemed to be primary sources. [8/16]
♦  U. S. History: Pre-Columbian to the New Millennium
"The mission of Independence Hall Association, owner of, is to provide a forum for learning and discussing American history and values. Toward that end we offer these three courses written by a former Pennsylvania history teacher of the year as well as other historians as a resource to our visitors." American History  is one of them.  [8/16]

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