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HIST 4301 (Dr. Shaffer): Senior Seminar on Revolutions

Finding Primary Sources

The other boxes on this page offer a few suggestions and possibilities for primary source research but are only the beginning.

To discover primary sources generally, try these approaches:

  • Scour the bibliographies and notes of relevant secondary sources such as articles, books, and dissertations on your topic. They are necessarily drawing on relevant primary sources. We may or may not have access then to those primary sources.
  • Search in our catalog or in WorldCat and include these subject terms: Personal narratives, Facsimiles, Diaries, Correspondence, Sources. Alternately, try including document* as a key word for mentions of "documents" or "documentary" in the title or description.
  • Do you know of specific people involved in the events your studying who may have written works? Try searching in our catalog or in WorldCat for such a person's name in the Author field.


Examples from our Loan Shelves

Revolutionary America online collections

20th century online collections

online collections spanning multiple eras

Digitized Historical Newspapers

Newspapers on microfilm

With the exception of current issues, when available, the following newspapers are on microfilm. Microfilm reader/printers are available in Periodicals. Copies may be made using your Buffalo Gold card.

Indexes for both The New York Times and The Times (London) are located in the Microforms room of the Periodicals department. Ask at the Periodicals Desk for their location.

Check the catalog for detailed availability and dates of newspapers located in Periodicals or browse the newspaper microfilm cabinets.

  • Amarillo Globe-News and its predecessor (Jan. 1960-present, with some gaps)
  • Austin American and Austin American-Statesman (1914-1976)
  • Canyon News and its predecessors (1901-present, with some gaps)
  • Christian Science Monitor (Nov. 1908-present); Index: 1950-present
  • Dallas Morning News (Oct. 1885-1996)
  • Japan Times (1941-44; 1968-1977). [1998 to present online.]
  • Nashville Tennessean (1912-1925)
  • New York Times (Sep. 18, 1851-present); Index: Sep. 1851-present
  • Pittsburgh Courier (1923-1965) and New Pittsburgh Courier (1966-1992)
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1945-1977)
  • Times -- London (Jan. 1788-present) ; formerly Daily Universal Register (1785-1787); Index: 1790-present
  • Tulia Herald (1918-1979, with some gaps)
  • Wall Street Journal (Jul. 1889-present); Index: 1955-present
  • Washington Post (1954-1978)

We also have many newspapers with fewer than ten years of coverage, often in the 19th or early 20th century.

These include the Albany Echo, Albany Star, Angleton Times, Aspen Times, Dubuque Daily Times-Journal, Guymon Herald, Indianapolis Journal, Los Angeles Times, Macon Daily Telegraph, Memphis Daily Appeal, and Mobile Daily Register.

More on Primary Sources

For more on primary sources from Cornette Library, please see our detailed guide.