Primary Sources

Teachers, need a primary source to create a lesson in the classroom? 

Students, need a source for research project? 

You can find the primary sources that used in the unit plans here where they are searchable by keyword, title, and topic.  

Besides an image of the source, on its page, you may also find ways to purchase copies for the classroom, a transcription, and its proper citation for inclusion in a bibliography.

Our digitized collection, however, is much bigger than this selection.  Be sure to search the Collection section of our website too.

And if you  need help reading old handwriting, there are many sources on line, such as this one from

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Clipping of an Americans for Democratic Action printing of a Stamford poll testing Americans' views on different aspects of the war in Vietnam.

Book written by Harvard economist John Kenneth Galbraith in 1967 outlining a plan to remove US troops from Vietnam. 

Foreign policy statement read on the Senate floor on January 31st, 1966, by Senator Joseph Sill Clark, outlining his plan for detante in the Cold War. Clark stresses the need to keep Russia and China from uniting, and asserts that the continual "Search and Destroy" bombing campaign in Vietnam will not serve to that end.

Pamphlet published by Women Strike for Peace, outlining arguments against United States military involvement in Vietnam at the outset of the conflict. In particular the pamphlet suggests that a costly war will distract from Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society policies beginning to take effect in the mid-1960s.

An open letter to President Johnson, published in the New York Times on March 1, 1965 and signed by several hundred university faculty questioning the United States war with Vietnam.

Two letters written by Edward Woods, a Marine from Upper Darby serving in Vietnam, to his family. One is dated May 19, 1966, and the other is dated May 21, 1966. 

Two letters written by Louis I. Piatetsky, a Navy Medic serving in Vietnam, to his brother, Ralph. One letter is dated May 11, 1966, and the other is dated January 21, 1967. 

Two letters that Dora Kelly Lewis wrote to her mother in February 1920. 

Original draft of a radio address by Albert Greenfield on October 17, 1938 regarding his role in the Bankers Trust failure of 1930. 

This pamphlet advertises the various services that Bankers Trust Company provides to their customers.

Chairman of the Vigilance Committee (part of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society), William Still assisted fugitive slaves as they were secretly shuttled into Philadelphia in the mid-1800s. From 1852 to 1857, Still kept a journal describing his encounters with the slaves in painstaking detail, recording their names, physical characteristics, personalities, and other details. Still's meticulous entries offer unique insight into the secretive network known as the Underground Railroad.

Seal of the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society.