primary sources

Evaluating Primary Source Web Sites: Examples

  • What is the Format of the Documents?


  • Wright American Fiction

    This collection includes both searchable ASCII text and facsimile page images.
  • Emergence of Advertising in America

    This is a collection of materials in which graphics are as important as text, if not more so. It includes very clear facsimile page images, but only provides ASCII text for portions of selected items.
  • Free Speech Movement Digital Archive

    This is a carefully edited and transcribed collection of documents provided in ASCII text only.

Image: Flyer distributed by Silver Bow Trades and Labor Assembly and Butte Miners' Union in support of Chinese and Japanese boycott. , ca. 08/1898. Courtesy of