Primary sources are first-hand accounts of historical events, written or produced at the time of study.
These can be either published or unpublished, and can be found in many formats, such as manuscripts, books, microfilm, photographs, video and sound recordings. Some primary sources are available in more than one format; for example, a collection of manuscript letters may also have been published in book form, or may have been digitized and made available on the Internet.
Using the MSU Online Catalog and WorldCat, you can find primary texts using the following Subject terms:
sources : this will find general primary texts
personal narratives : this will find memoirs, diaries, and autobiographies
correspondence : this will find letters
Primary Texts at MSU
MSU hosts a rich collection of primary texts. Look through the finding aids on the following sites and make an appointment to get dirty in the archives.
This index will help you identify reel numbers in the Early English Books microfilm series. The library carries both the Pollard and Redgrave Short Title Catalogue I (1475-1640) and the Wing Short Title Catalogue II (1641-1700). You can also search our Online Catalog for relevant titles before viewing them on microfilm.