Following are major sources of digitized content in multiple formats. These huge open access sites are excellent places to find digitized photographs, maps, documents, manuscripts, music, books, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, news footage, oral histories, sound recordings, museum objects, posters, artwork, government documents, and other items. Also check the websites of libraries, museums, and historical societies for digitized materials.
The GC Library subscribes to more than three dozen databases that contain digitized primary sources. These databases cover virtually every subject area and include books, pamphlets, broadsides, printed ephemera, journals, historical newspapers, video, manuscripts, diaries, letters, images of artworks, dramatic productions, government documents, classical literature, legal documents, data, underground comics, and more.
Also see our Newspapers research guide for information on and links to digital editions of current and historical, domestic and international, mainstream and alternative newspapers and journals.
Following are links to selected archival collections available online.
See our Archival Research Guide for tips on finding and using archival sources in your research.
Many U.S. states, regions, university libraries, museums, and national libraries around the world have digital collections. One way to find them is with a Google search with the words "digital library" plus your keyword. E.g., digital library France.
Another way to find digital resources is to visit the websites of libraries whose collections are relevant to your subject area or to browse the website of the Digital Library Federation.
There are always exciting new digital projects on the horizon, such as The Caselaw Access Project (formerly known as the "Free the Law" initiative) from Harvard University. You can read more about it in a New York Times article.