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HIST 3430 History of the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction (Fall 2023)

a guide to library research

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Search the Library Catalog for primary sources--both unpublished manuscripts and modern editions in print and online, sometimes in translation, of original primary medieval sources.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

Selected Online Collections

Official U.S. Government Documents

Historical Newspapers

Rare & Manuscripts

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections is Cornell’s principal repository of rare books, manuscripts and archival materials in history, literature, music, the arts, science, natural history, and technology. Collections include more than 500,000 printed volumes, more than 80 million manuscripts, and another million photographs, paintings, prints, and other visual media. 

Finding Materials