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HIST 3302 Sex and Society in America: Finding Primary Sources

Finding Primary Sources

Primary sources are found in a variety of places but you have to know where to search for them. Because primary sources can be both published and not published, they can be tricky to find.

Often materials that are not published can be rare items that don't have many copies; things like diaries and letters. However, sometimes you can find primary sources that are published, like collections of letters or a person's diary published after the fact.  

Places to Look

We have primary sources located at the Victoria Regional History Center (VRHC), which is located on the third floor of the library. Below is an example of primary source items that you can find at the VRHC.

"Do they think of me at home" A poem in the original Civil War diary of Charles A. Leuschner. May 1864-June 15, 1865

This is an example of the material in our Digital Collections. Below is a photo of the dedication of The Last Stand monument, erected in Victoria, TX in 1912. This is a Confederate monument commissioned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Black and white photo of the last stand monument with a crowd of people standing below it

Databases

Newspapers

Research Consultation

If you would like to have a one-on-one research consultation about your project (including poster help), please contact me to set up an appointment. You can find my information in the box below.

Librarian

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