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History334: Gender and Imperialism: Primary Sources

Who might be interested in your topic?

Think about:

  • Local libraries (public or academic)
  • Historical societies
  • National libraries

Visit their home pages. Have they digitized materials? If they haven't digitized, have they published Finding Aids (which give you a good sense of what materials are contained in their collections)?

Collected/Published Works

When searching a database of books, whether the catalog or Google Books or WorldCat:

  • Keywords to use in searches: diaries / journals / sources / personal narratives / correspondence / letters
  • Also, look for these words in subject headings, and follow the subject links.

Library Collections


History of Women Collection, on microfilm

      Contemporary Publications

      Pamphlets / Newsletters / Newspapers


      • Google Books makes most pre-1923 books and magazines available for download.

      Oral Histories

      Oral histories (usually collected through interviews) are an increasingly popular method to preserve the past. Examples are below:

      Subject Guide

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      Rebecca Seipp
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      MSIS, Information Science
      The University of Texas at Austin
      BA, History
      Southwestern University