European History: Primary Sources on the Web
A guide to resources in researching European history (1450-present) at PSU Library.
Many libraries, museums, and archives have digitized their historic documents and put them online in digital libraries. Here are some large collections (and links to other large collections) you may want to explore.
London Cabmen, circa 1877, from LSE Library via Flickr.
Primary Sources on the Web
- The Avalon Project : Documents in Law, History and DiplomacyThe Avalon Project mounts digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government.
- Ruprecht-Karl-Universität Heidelberg--Digital CollectionsDigitized manuscripts, charters, incunabula, local histories of the Palatinate, university documents, etc. from the University's collections.
- Oxford Digital LibraryGeneral access point to all digital collections at Oxford University.
- British Library--Digitised ManuscriptsThe 'Digitised Manuscripts' section of The British Library website provides access to fully digitised manuscripts held at the Library and their descriptions.
- Danish Royal Library--E-manuscript collectionThe Royal Library in Copenhagen publishes selected parts of its collections on the Internet. Since 1997 the Manuscript Department has published complete digital facsimile editions of manuscripts.
- e-codices: Virtuelle Handschriftenbibliothek der SchweizSwiss virtual manuscript library.
- EuroDocsAn extensive list, by country, of websites with European primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated.
- Flickr CommonsOffers public domain photographs and other photographs from national and international libraries, museums, archives, and cultural institutions.
- Digital ScriptoriumArchives images of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research.
- Gallica: The National Library of FranceThe digital collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France