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HIS 202: American History 1865 to the Present: Primary Documents

What are Primary Sources?

A primary source is a source of information, such as document, recording, or artifact, that has a direct connection to a person from a period of time. Examples of primary documents are correspondence, diaries, memoirs or oral interviews.

A secondary source uses primary sources to create their argument. Examples of secondary sources are books or journal articles.


Guides to Finding Personal Narratives

The following volumes are located in the Reference Collection, 1st floor of Drexel Library.

Notable Women in American History : A guide to Recommended Biographies and Autobiographies
Drexel Library Reference (1st fl.) CT3260.A27 1999
((view catalog record))

American Autobiography, 1945-1980 : A Bibliography.
((view catalog record))

An Annotated Bibliography of Published American Diaries and Journals.
Drexel Library ReferenceCT214 .A474 1983
((view catalog record))

Civil War Diaries and Personal Narratives, 1960-1994 : A selected Bibliography of Books in the General Collections of the Library of Congress.
Drexel Library Reference E464.L47 1998
((view catalog record))

Primary and Secondary Sources

If you want to review more primary and secondary sources, visit the Primary and Secondary Sources Research Guide.

Newspaper and Magazine Archives

Subject Librarian

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Daniel Holden
Serials & Electronic Resources Librarian
Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library
Room 178
Saint Joseph's University