If you aren’t familiar with the Library of Congress, spend some time whenever you have a few minutes and poke around. There are so many resources available including a wide variety of research materials.
Two of the newest offerings are:
The Theodore Roosevelt Papers. approximately 276,000 documents, this is the largest collection of Roosevelt documents in the world. The collection includes diary entries, letters and illustrations.
Betty Herndon Maury Maury Papers. Maury kept this two volume diary from June 3, 1861, to February 18, 1863. It details her experiences during the Civil War and includes information on the part played by women as well as the impact on Confederate soldiers.
Other digital collections include:
Benjamin Franklin Papers. Approximately 8,000 pieces from the 1770s and 1780s. The collection includes both his work in politics and his work in science and although not all of it is online, this is a start.
Alexander Bell Family Papers: The online collection contains about 51,500 images of correspondence, scientific notebooks, blueprints, and more.
After the Day of Infamy: These man-on-the-street interviews were recorded following the attack on Pearl Harbor. The collection consists of 12 hours total although I’m not sure how much has been digitized.
Ansel Adam’s Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar : I just recently learned about these photos so I was excited to see that they can be found at the Library of Congress.
In addition to the digital collections, you will find the following available online:
Library of Congress Magazine (LCM) which is available online.
Science Research Guides which are themed research guides with lists of resources.
Journeys and Crossings which are webcasts on various topics.
You aren’t going to get through everything that interests you in five minutes, but pop over to the Library of Congress (LOC) when you have tine and you will find a wealth of resources, story ideas, and more.