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History 232: African-American History since 1865

A guide to basic information resources on African-American History since 1865, History 232.

NEW - African American Historical Serials Collection

African American Historical Serials Collection

The library has access to a new database, the African American Historical Serials Collection, developed in conjunction with American Theological Library Association (Atla) as an effort to preserve endangered serials related to African American religious life and culture.  It features more than 170 unique publications spanning from 1829 through 1922.  This collection includes periodicals, newspapers and magazines, in addition to reports and annuals from various African American organizations, including churches and educational and service institutions.

African American Historical Serials Collection
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Primary Source Collections in History

What Are Primary Resources?

Original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories. May include letters, diaries, manuscripts, journals, speeches, newspapers, interviews, memoirs, government documents, photographs, audio recordings, film or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, and tools.


Letter written by George Mason to John Mason


Credit: George Mason Primary Resources Guide



Types of Primary Resources

This is a list of the most common types of primary resources in history.  When searching for sources, you might watch for these terms to help you figures out if you have found a primary resource.  You might also use these terms in your searches to help focus on a particular type of source or narrow down a large list of results.

  • advertisements
  • autobiography/autobiographies
  • correspondence
  • description and travel
  • diary/diaries
  • documents
  • early works to 1800
  • interview/interviews
  • journal
  • letters
  • pamphlets
  • personal narratives
  • trials
  • sources
  • speeches