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United States History: Primary Sources by Type

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General Collections for U.S. History

Search Tips to locate letters, diaries, etc.

Start with a search in the UW Libraries Catalog (search box above) and combine your subject with terms from the box at right.  After searching, you can change the drop down box from Articles, Books, and More to UW Tacoma Library to see what is immediately available on this campus.

Sample Searches: 

  • adams and letters
  • washington and papers
  • 1812 and sources


Search Terms for Primary Sources

Useful terms for locating primary sources in the search box above:

  • sources
  • personal narratives
  • correspondence
  • letters
  • diaries
  • journals
  • interviews
  • sermons
  • documents
  • papers