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American Memory

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  • First collection of the Library
  • First sources digitized even before the Internet
  • 14 million primary source materials
  • Organized by collections, at different times and in different ways
  • How many collections are there?

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American Memory Collections are secondary sources of primary source documents. They are created by others but do come from a certain perspective.


  • Contain primary and secondary sources.
  • All of these exhibitions have been - at some time, if not currently - on display at the Library.
  • Be sure to read the descriptions, as the titles can be misleading.

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