New content is added each year. Consult the resource itself for the most recent content available.
Every issue of The Economist from 1843 to 2015, including full-color images, multiple search indexes, and browsing facilities. Timely reporting, concise commentary, and comprehensive analysis of global news, including political, business, scientific, technological, and cultural developments and the connections between them.
Broadcasts from Nippon News, Japans only newsreel during WWII which was driven by close collaboration between the government and the media. 36 hours of original Japanese newsreels from 1940 to 1948 with English transcripts.
United Newsreel: 35+ hours of the American weekly newsreel produced by the U.S. Office of War Information from 1942 to 1946, complete with transcripts. Universal Newsreel: 200+ hours of content with full transcripts from Universal Studios biweekly series, 1929 to 1946.
The Civilian Public Service was an alternative service option for conscientious objectors during WWII. This website's database provides details on all 12,000 men who served in CPS and info on more than 150 CPS camps in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Secondary-source essays provide background to rosters, photographs, etc. Site also provides many recommendations for further reading. (Mennonite Central Committee and the Center on Conscience and War)
FBI documents on WWII topics, including Tokyo Rose, General MacArthur, Wernher VonBraun, detention, and more. (Note: Dates in the list of topics/files indicate when documents were put online, not when the content was originally created.) (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
Links researchers to archival materials consisting of descriptions and often images of records related to cultural property that was stolen, looted, seized, forcibly sold, or otherwise lost during the Nazi era. Covers a broad range of cultural property from artworks to books and libraries, religious objects, antiquities, archival documents, carvings, silver and more. (U.S. National Archives and various international organizations)
Project (still in progress) to digitize Harvard Law School's extensive collection of trial transcripts, briefs, document books, evidence files, and other papers related to the trial of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany before the International Military Tribunal (IMT) and to the twelve trials of other accused war criminals before the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals (NMT). (Harvard Law School)
Men and women participating in all theaters of operations. Experiences recounted include German and Japanese POW camps, Japanese-American relocation centers, Pearl Harbor attack, Bataan Death March, and more. (Univ. of Florida)
Comprehensive record of what life was like at the German prison camp. Includes POW's stories, photos, poetry, art, roommates, newspaper, accounts of the evacuation, as well as links on the guards and interrogators. Also provides the six extant issues of the POW newspaper POW WOW, Prisoners of War - Waiting on Winning, which was intended to be destroyed after reading.
Eighteen rare public health films from the WWII era, covering topics such as personal cleanliness, sexually transmitted diseases, tropical diseases, and the stress of war. All films include searchable transcripts and commentaries. All films are in the public domain and may thus be used without concerns for copyright infringement. (National Library of Medicine)
The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. (Library of Congress)
Original books, booklets, magazines, manuals, newspapers, and documents relating to WWII, from many sides of the conflict. Includes US, British, Polish, German, Czech, Italian, Japanese, and Russian documents.
Operations orders, after action reports, intelligence analyses, logistics appraisals, and similar documents. Primary focus is on documenting operations at the tactical and operational levels of warfare. (Combined Arms Research Library, CARL)
Often a variety of primary documents are collected together into a book (usually related to a time period, topic, or theme).
Below are just a few broad collections in the Library; each book contains many original documents.
(Note: many of these books will contain both primary and secondary content, so use your judgement or ask a librarian for help in distinguishing the two).
My Dear Mr. Stalin: The complete correspondence between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph V. Stalin
Call Number: E807 .A4 2005 - 4th floor
First publication that contains the complete correspondence between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph V. Stalin, more than three hundred hot-war messages.
Reports of General MacArthur
Call Number: D735 .S8, volumes 1-2 (each in 2 parts)
v. 1. The campaigns of MacArthur in the Pacific.--v. 1. suppl. MacArthur in Japan: the occupation, military phase.--v. 2. Japanese operations in the southwest Pacific area, compiled from Japanese Demobilization Bureau records.
Call Number: Ebook, Read Online - Or print is available: D811 .A2 V587 2012 (4th floor)
Wide variety of primary source documents from across the United States, Europe, and Asia.
World War II: A history in documents
Call Number: D735 .M336 2010 - 4th floor
Documents on the major themes and issues of World War II, including major causes, course, and consequences of the war.
The World in Flames: A World War II Sourcebook
Call Number: REF D735 .W59 2011
An edited volume of primary sources from the Second World War. Drawing examples from a wide range of documents, the text also includes visual sources: propaganda posters, photos, and cartoons.
The Occupation-Era Correspondence of Kichisaburo Nomura
Call Number: DS890 .N6 A4 2010 - 4th floor
Based on the recent discovery of the personal papers of Kichisaburo Nomura -- Japanese admiral, one-time foreign minister, pre-Pearl Harbor ambassador to the United States, and "spiritual godfather" of postwar Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force -- this volume reproduces Nomura's occupation-era correspondence with his American friends and associates.
Soviet war documents: addresses, notes, orders of the day, statements