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Primary Sources: U.S. Government Primary Source Collections

NCC Libraries guide to finding Primary Source materials.

United States Government Primary Source Collections Online

The United States government  houses and provides access to an extremely rich trove of primary source material for the study of U.S. history, government and political science.  Please see below for some of our favorite U.S. government primary source collections!

Government (.gov) sites featuring primary source materials

Please take a look at the following government websites for primary sources on a wide variety of topics:

Online portal to the US government!

Census Bureau

National clearinghouse for American demographic and economic data.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the nation's largest library and serves as the research library for the United States congress.

National Archives

Explore American history through national records, documents, histories, photographs and other archival sources.


The online tool for teaching with documents, from the National Archives.


Government Sources on Foreign Policy/Affairs

Please see the following sites that provide primary source materials for U.S. foreign policy and relations:

U.S. Department of State

 Department responsible for carrying out U.S. foreign policy and international relations.

Office of the Historian-U.S. Department of State

The Office of the Historian is responsible for the preparation and publication of the official documentary history of U.S. foreign policy.

Central Intelligence Agency

The Central Intelligence Agency is reponsible for gathering, processing, and analyzing national security information from around the world

Stats and Data! Economic, Educational, Criminal Justice and more!

Demographics, economic and employment data:

Census Data

Explore economic, demographic, population, and educational data (replacement for American Fact Finder).

U.S. Department of Labor

All things related to employment, benefits, working conditions.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

 Analyzes essential labor statistics such as employment/unemployment, compensation, productivity and working conditions.

Educational Data and Statistics:

U.S. Department of Education

Collects data on US schools, and to enforce federal educational laws regarding privacy and civil rights.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

 Collects, analyzes and makes available data related to education in the U.S. and other nations.

Criminal Justice Data and Statistics:

U.S. Department of Justice

Online portal to DOJ's core functions, including office of the Attorney General and the U.S. Attorneys.


Federal Bureau of Investigation's online portal.

Bureau of Justice Statistics

Collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.