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Finding Primary Source Material
Library of Congress American Memory Collection
The American Memory collection provides free internet access to primary source material to create a chronicle of “historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America.” Collections include African American history, government and law, presidents, and women’s history. Browsing the collection is simplified with a search help guide: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/help/search_help.html
Women Working, 1870-1930 (Harvard University Library Open Collections Program)
This digital collection of primary source material explores women's roles in the US economy between 1800 and the Great Depression; home life, working conditions, and social issues are given equal attention. The database is searchable by media type, geography, theme, people, and dates and events. Links to other related databases allow for deeper topic searching.