Primary sources from collections across the US. Includes items from the Portal to Texas History.
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) contains metadata records —information describing an item —for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Each record links to the original object on the content provider’s website. The DPLA brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used.
Alternative and small press archives, including the alternative UT student paper "The Rag."
Independent Voices is a growing digital collection of the magazines, journals, and newspapers of the alternative and small press archives of participating libraries, including UT Austin Libraries. Member libraries are supporting the growth of the collection, which will ultimately be an Open Access resource.
The current collection features full-color scans of complete journals from the GI Underground Press and the Women’s Alternative Press.
When the collection is complete, it will also include the following title lists: Native American Press, African American Press, Hispanic Press (including the Chicano Movement Press), Underground Campus Press, LGBT Press, Anarchist Periodicals, Right-Wing Press, Literary “Little” Magazines.
The Title Lists link to lists of current and potential titles included.
Publications related to the landscape and geology of Texas.
Provides full text access to the publications related to the landscape of Texas. These public domain documents have been made available through the combined efforts of the TX Treasures program of the Texas State Library, the University of Texas Libraries - Digital Library Services Division: Digitization Center, and the Walter Fund of the UT Geology Foundation.
UT has a large and famous map collection, available online and in print win PCL.
What is a Primary Source?
Primary sources are produced by participants or direct observers of an issue, event or time period. These sources may be recorded during the event or later on, by a participant reflecting upon the event. In some cases, it will be difficult to obtain the original source, so you may have to rely on copies (photocopies, microfilm, digital copies). Copies or transcriptions of a primary source still count as a primary source.
Some examples of primary sources include:
Public opinion polls
Personal materials, including letters, diaries, interviews, memoirs, autobiographies, and oral histories