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Hist364: The Cold War: Primary Sources

Online collections of materials

Use your bibliographies!

What sources have authors used to write their articles/books (your secondary sources) about the Cold War? Are any of those sources available to you?

Who might be interested in your topic?

Think about:

  • Local libraries (public or academic or state)
    • Presidential Libraries
  • Historical societies
  • Library of Congress: American Memory

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

Think about the people associated with your topic. Did they write an autobiographies? Are their speeches or papers collected in a monograph? One obvious example: who was the President?

Examples of a couple searches are below:

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