The Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library

Comparative and Digital Humanities: Primary Sources

Primary Texts

Below are some open-web and library resources where you may find sources to use as primary texts. This list was created with a particular focus on text that may be easier for text analysis and does NOT represent all potential primary sources. The primary sources you use should be guided by your topic, focus, and methodology. Reach out to Eloise for a consultation on what might be helpful for you!

The following Historical News sources all provide relatively easy access to plain text versions of articles, which may come in handy for text analysis. But please keep in mind, that other resources among our online historical newspaper collections may meet your specific needs.


Here are some resources where you can find images that may serve as primary sources for your work. Please consider some of the special copyright considerations for images, especially when you are considering publishing or presenting your work.