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Primary Sources in Books

Primary sources can be published in books. Use the main search in Library Search and include search terms personal narratives, sources, diaries, memoirs, papers, speeches, documents, or letters.

Personal narratives is a term assigned by librarians and is used for first person accounts.
Diaries and memoirs are terms used by writers and editors to describe their document. These are also normally in the first person. 
Autobiography is often assigned to diaries and memoirs.

Letters and correspondence are published correspondence and occasionally include both outgoing and incoming letters.
Papers include correspondence, speeches and other previously unpublished items by the author.
Speeches were written to be spoken and have often been published.
Sources is another term assigned by librarians and often includes all of the types of documents listed above as well as government records.

Primary Sources on the Internet

Primary Sources for European History

Colonial and Revolutionary North American Primary Sources

Books in the library:

United States 19th Century Primary Sources

Latin and South American History Primary Sources Online

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