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History318: Colonial America: Primary Sources

Who might be interested in your topic?

Think about:

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)?

Contemporary Publications



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

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 (on microfilm): Search the collection in the University of Oregon library catalog (search "history of women" and your topic, and limit your results to only items published before 1764). Limited amount available.

Examples from our collection:

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