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Library: Primary Sources

Welcome to the Urban Herbst Library! This page has research resources to help you find great sources.

Newspapers

Specific Sources from the Library

The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers : The Human Rights Years, 1945-1948, 2007
This series is also available in the library at 973.917/ROO 

Crime and Punishment : Essential Primary Sources
Companion to print Encyclopedia in the library at 364/CRI 

Gender Issues and Sexuality : Essential Primary Sources
Companion to print Encyclopedia in the library 306.76/GEN 

Social Policy : Essential Primary Sources
Companion to print Encyclopedia in the library 320.609/SOC

Other Primary Source Resources

Speeches and other documents

Oral Histories

7 Billion Others
This collection of over 6,000 short testimonies from 64 countries is searchable by country or topic.

Regional Oral History Office
This youtube channel offers select videos from the UC Berkeley Regional Oral History Office interviews spanning many subject areas. Their full collection of transcripts can be found on their website.

Telling Their Stories
Read, watch, and listen to Urban student interviews of elder who witnessed key historic events of the 20th century. 

Need More? 

The Internet is full of primary source materials. The problem is that it can be difficult to know where to start. Begin by asking yourself what kind of information you would like: a speech, an article, a photograph, a painting, a TV show, a map or a piece of music? This can help you determine where to fnd the primary source.

If the sites listed above didn't lead you to excellent primary source material, ask the librarian for help!