Edited collections of primary sources (including letters, diaries, speeches, etc.)
A few examples of edited collections of primary sources
- Indian voices of the Great War: solders' letters, 1914-18
- Freedom on my mind: the Columbia documentary history of the African American experience
How to find and recognize edited collections:
Use these tools:
- Tripod - print and online books from the TriCo Libraries
- Worldcat - searches library collections across the US and world - if you find something useful, request it using EZBorrow or Interlibary Loan.
What to look for:
Specific subject headings are used in library catalogs (like Tripod) to describe primary source documents that have been collected and published. Here are some examples:
- "--Personal Narratives"
- "--Description and Travel"
Click here for a full list of subject headings used to catalog primary sources and more information about how to search using these subject headings.
Some search approaches to try
There's no search strategy that will work for every topic. You'll need to try different keywords and strategies, and be persistent.
Name of a person
- Find names through background research
- A person could have been directly involved, or been an observer or commentator
- For example: to research WWI, Neith Boyce's diaries (American writer who discusses her trips to Europe during WWI in her diaries)
Profession, role, or category of person
- For example, you'll find multiple first-person narratives from this Tripod search: World War, 1914-1918 - Soldiers - Personal Narratives