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American Historical Review Digital Primary Sources

A list from the American Historical Review of open access databases containing digitized primary sources for historical research.


Between 2016 and 2021, each issue of the American Historical Review included a short list of websites that contain freely available digital primary sources. This website reproduces that list (with minor edits), including the site's geographic category as it appeared in the AHR and brief blurb associated with each site.

Please note:

  1. The text of the blurb is authored by AHR editors. Anything within quotation marks comes from the hosts/publishers of the linked website.
  2. Within each geographic area, the list is organized chronologically according to the earliest materials in the collection. Often these dates are approximate. For stylistic reasons, "C.E." has been left off most dates. Any B.C.E. date has been indicated as such; all other dates are C.E.
  3. From February 2019 on, AHR issues sometimes included podcasts, interactive media, and other non-primary source content. Only the primary source websites are listed here.