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HIST 1370: African-American Experience Through Reconstruction

Use Google to Find Other Archives

Combine these terms with topical keywords to find primary sources from cultural heritage and educational organizations. 

primary sources

archives

special collection

library or museum

exhibition

digital exhibit

digital collection

papers or manuscripts

teacher's kit

curriculum

lesson plans

learning objects

You can also search for sources in specific formats, such as:

account ledgers

acts

archival footage

audio

clippings

correspondence

diaries

deeds

ephemera

film / video

financial records

govt. publications

handbooks

invitations

lab notebooks

legal records

legislation

letters

maps

memoirs

menus

military orders

newspapers

oral histories

pamphlets

paintings

photographs

polls

posters

press releases

prints

reports

scrapbooks

sermons

speeches

telegraphs

treaties

tickets

wills

Adapted from a handout by Robin M. Katz

Primary Sources in Multidisciplinary Archives

Primary Sources in Books

Read through secondary sources to find primary sources. Scholars keep meticulous records of the evidence they adduce in order to establish the credibility of their arguments and interpretations. You can use these notes and citations to discover the sources themselves. Search WorldCat to find items our library doesn't own. You can submit interlibrary loan requests right from the item record.

You can also search for primary sources in WorldCat or the library catalog. Using the advanced search feature, select Subject from the list of fields, then search the keyword "sources" as pictured below.

screenshot of the advanced search fields in the library catalog