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HIST/GWS 334: Sex and Race in the Age of Empire: Primary Sources

Potential Sources compiled by Dr. Nunez

Use OneSearch to locate titles with an * next to them. 

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

Contemporary Publications

Pamphlets / Newsletters / Newspapers


  • Google Books makes most pre-1923 books and magazines available for download.
  • HathiTrust partners with research libraries worldwide to make unique collections available to help preserve cultural history. 

Oral Histories

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

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