Primary Sources -U.S. History Digital Collections


Welcome to a draft of a new library history guide that lists collections of primary sources. It is a work in progress. We are continuing to add links, provide brief descriptions, and rearrange sections as needed.

We are moving the lists of primary sources listed on our current guides to this one guide.

This guide will be listed on the EMU Library's main page listing our research guides and on an upcoming redesigned history guide on January 3, 2022. The other guides will no longer be available after that date.

if you have questions or suggestions for this page, please email Julia Nims at

Featured Source - Community Service Society Photographs


Community Service Society Photographs

From the site:
"Community Service Society Photographs is an online presentation of almost 1400 photographs (and a few illustrations) from the Community Service Society Records at Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library. They offer representations of urban poverty, unsafe tenement housing, inadequate hygiene in public areas, and other pressing social issues in late-19th- and early-20th-century New York. The images range from the 1880s through the 1950s."

Courtesy of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library @ Columbia University.

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