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HIST 150: Unlearning US History (Fall 2022)

Tips

When looking for primary sources in our excellent databases, keep 2 things in mind:

  1. Simplicity is best. Try to only use 2 or 3 keywords, do not overwhelm the system.
  2. Remember that words change over time, and you need to use words from that era
    1. Example: instead of "teacher" I may want to search Schoolmarm.

Also remember that every database has a unique focus, so you may need to try your search in multiple databases, and that's OK. Read the descriptions on the databases to see if it's the right fit for your topic.

Databases

Your syllabus contains a detailed appendix of Primary Sources Collections.
Below are some additional highlighted resources.
Please note the full list of primary source databases is also on the library webpage.

 

NEWSPAPERS:

CORRESPONDENCE AND DIARIES

TRAVEL ACCOUNTS

GOVERNMENT AND MILITARY RECORDS

INTERVIEWS AND NARRATIVE ACCOUNTS OF FORMERLY ENSLAVED PERSONS

Other Databases of Note