As a college librarian, I often hear stressed-out students searching for primary sources say, "I'll take anything." Don't settle for just anything. There is a treasury of primary source material available electronically. Peruse my selection of 200-plus primary source sites by conducting a keyword search, exploring the tag cloud at left, or browsing by historical era. You can also visit my Delicious and Diigo sites to review my bookmarks. Here's hoping you find what you're looking for.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Virtual Vietnam Archive

Many history students are working on research papers about the Vietnam War. Their topics are quite varied. Among the issues being explored are: the impact of news coverage on the public’s opinion about the war, the My Lai massacre, drug use among American soldiers in Vietnam and the prevalence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among Vietnam-era veterans. While the writers of these papers have chosen varied topics, they can all likely benefit from one common source of information. The Virtual Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech University currently has more than three million pages of digitized material pertaining to the Vietnam War. The collection includes digitized manuscripts, oral histories, photographs, slides, audio files and moving images. Users can conduct a simple keyword search or use the advanced search function to limit by collection, date, media type or language. The image above is from the archive's My Lai collection.

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