Primary Sources, United States: Colonial & Early Republic

This guide provides help in finding primary sources concerning American history. In addition to searching tips, it provides links to KU databases and free web sources. Many are sorted by century of coverage.

Searching Tips

  • One search is rarely enough

  • Use the words/terms used at the time

  • Use synonyms

  • Remember the Boolean operators: AND, OR, NOT

  • Use the subject headings

  • Each database has unique characteristics--read the “Help” section

Colonial & Early Republic Electronic Primary Sources