World War II Primary Sources

Claude Dettloff, photographer – City of Vancouver Archives online database. “Wait for me daddy”: British Columbia Regiment, DCO, marching in New Westminster, 1940 (LP 109).

Primary Source Collections


Library of Congress (United States)

Library of Congress themed collections of primary sources focus on broad topics, including Civil Rights, Immigration, and World War I & II.

Didn’t find your topic?  Try browsing primary source documents by topic. You can also contact a Library of Congress Librarian to help you with your search.


National Archives (U.K.)

Explore the digitized collections of the U.K.’s National Archives.  Search by category, including 20th Century Politics, Army, Air Force, and Conscription.  Here’s a sample record from the National Archives

Google Primary Source Search

Canadian War Museum Online Exhibitions
The Seven Years War, the First World War, war propaganda, Vimy Ridge and Afghanistan are just some of the special exhibitions available here.

Library and Archives Canada: Military and Peacekeeping Resources
Databases, Resources and Virtual Exhibitions about the experiences of Canadians and Canada’s role in war and peacekeeping missions.

Canada: A People’s History Explore the Episodes
Take a journey through the past with the website Canada: A People’s History
based on the award-winning CBC TV series that tells Canada’s story through the eyes of the people who lived it.