Primary Sources

Primary sources are first-hand accounts, original manuscripts, or documents produced at the time of the event. Examples include letters, diaries, newspaper articles, photographs, speeches, interviews, government documents, historical records, and personal papers. We have rich collections of primary source materials in print, microform and electronic formats.


Also please refer to your specific subject on our Research by Subject page to locate relevant primary sources.

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There is no single comprehensive database of primary sources, therefore you will need to explore different search tools (e.g. Omni, web search, WorldCAT to name a few) and strategies to locate resources of interest. For more information, please consult the Primary Sources guide.


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