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History: A Guide to United States Historical Research at Cornell: Primary Sources

A guide to library research on the history of the United States

Useful Tips

Browse footnotes and bibliographies of books, encyclopedias, and articles for information about primary sources. 

Search the Library Catalog for primary sources--both unpublished manuscripts and modern editions in print and online, sometimes in translation, of original primary medieval sources. Use the guided keyword search with terms like:

sources
diaries
personal narrative
interview
letters

Archival Sources

Unpublished Primary Sources

Kroch Rare and Manuscripts Special collections

Search tips

Use the guided keyword search in the classic library catalog for unpubilshed sources

"set search limit" of format = "archival manuscript"

type a term or terms relating to your topic as keyword

Also talk to an Archivist when you visit Kroch.

Other Archives

Archive finder
Brings together a current directory of over 5,500 repositories and more than 161,000 collections in the US and the finding aids to thousands of archives and manuscript collections in libraries and record offices, museums and private collections throughout the UK and Ireland.

Online Collections

Historical Newspapers

American Newspaper Articles

International Newspapers

Official Documents

Historical Magazines & Periodicals