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Finding Primary Sources at Kresge Library

A primary source is one that contains firsthand information about the topic in question, taken from someone who directly experienced what they're talking about.

Kresge Library has many books that contain primary sources. For example:  

Race, reason, and massive resistance:
The diary of David J. Mays, 1954-1959

This is the diary of a prominent white lawyer in the South in the 1950s. The diary has been reprinted from the original.

To find such books, go to Library OneSearch advanced search.

1.  Enter "sources" in the first box, and select subject from the dropdown menu.
2.  Enter your keywords in the second box.

Here are other terms you can try, beside "sources":
  • Photography
  • Personal narratives
  • Interviews
  • Correspondence
  • Sermons
  • Diaries
  • Songs and music
  • Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
  • Facsimilies
  • Records and correspondence
  • Manuscripts

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