Primary sources can be published in books. Use themain search in Library Searchand include search terms personal narratives, sources, diaries, memoirs, papers, speeches, documents, or letters.
Personal narrativesis a term assigned by librarians and is used for first person accounts. Diaries and memoirsare terms used by writers and editors to describe their document. These are also normally in the first person. Autobiographyis often assigned to diaries and memoirs. Lettersandcorrespondenceare published correspondence and occasionally include both outgoing and incoming letters. Papersinclude correspondence, speeches and other previously unpublished items by the author. Speecheswere written to be spoken and have often been published. Sourcesis another term assigned by librarians and often includes all of the types of documents listed above as well as government records.
Theodore Evergates has assembled, translated, and annotated some two hundred documents from the country of Champagne into a sourcebook that focuses on the political, economic, and legal workings of a feudal society, uncovering the details of private life and social history that are embedded in the official records.
This book makes accessible--for the first time in English--declassified archival documents from the former Soviet Union, rabbinic sources, and previously untranslated memoirs, illuminating everyday Jewish life as the site of interaction and negotiation among and between neighbors, society, and the Russian state, from the beginning of the nineteenth century to World War I. Focusing on religion, family, health, sexuality, work, and politics, these documents provide an intimate portrait of the rich diversity of Jewish life.
Charles Darwin's voyage on the HMS Beagle is a gripping adventure story, and a turning point in the making of the modern world. Brought together here in chronological order, the letters he wrote and received during his trip provide a first-hand account of a voyage of discovery that was as much personal as intellectual.
This abridgment of Tryntje Helfferich's 2009 anthology The Thirty Years War features an expanded General Introduction and annotation designed to support student readings in swift-moving surveys of European and World history.