A Focus on Primary Sources

The booklets on this list focus on original historical documents and are ideal informational texts for classroom use. Readers can look at images of the original resources, study transcripts, and read introductions that place the documents in historical context. All these booklets can be purchased in the Gilder Lehrman History Shop.

  • Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
  • Abraham Lincoln in His Own Words
  • Early American Abolitionists: A Collection of Anti-Slavery Writings, 1760–1820
  • Great Lincoln Documents: Historians Present Treasures from the Gilder Lehrman Collection
  • “I take up my pen”: Letters from the Civil War
  • James Madison and the Birth of the US Constitution
  • Teaching with Documents: The Twentieth Century: 1946–2001
  • Treasures of American History: Documents Presented in Honor of New Citizens of the United States
  • Why Documents Matter: American Originals and the Historical Imagination, Selections from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, 4th edition (The third edition is available online: Why Documents Matter: An Interactive Digital Edition