Primary Resource Research

Have you had to move all of your course online and need help with finding easily accessible primary sources to integrate into your class?

Writing a paper and need help locating primary sources?

The CTDA can help!


The Connecticut Digital Archive has over 3 million digital objects that are freely accessible online to researchers across the world.

If you would like to assistance in integrating primary sources into your curriculum, please reach out to CTDA staff at

Here are some examples of primary source research done by CTDA staff members:

Germs, Epidemics, and the CTDA

Only 15 Years To Go, Start Planning Now...

A Sleeping Giant Wanders the Country

The Chicken of Tomorrow and the Land Grant University

Below is a list of resource to help you. Check back often as we add more to the list.

Getting Started

What is a Primary Source

Find Primary Sources from Connecticut institutions

Connecticut History Illustrated

Find Primary Sources from national and international institutions

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

DPLA Primary Source Sets