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Primary Sources for the Study of American Literature

This page contains primary sources specifically useful for the study of American Literature. 

See the How to Find Primary Resources page for additional primary resources, as well as a definition of primary sources.

Newspapers and Magazines

African Americans

19th Century Primary Sources

There are many examples of digitized primary sources out there. Some are freely available; others require a subscription.  Below are a few of the resources.

20th Century Primary Sources

There are many examples of digitized primary sources out there. Some are freely available; others require a subscription.  Below are a few of the resources.

Willa Cather

Selected Author-Specific Sites

In some cases, manuscripts and letters of authors may be digitized and freely available. Below are a few examples. Try a Google search to identify others.