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American Revolution in the World: Primary Sources

Print and electronic resources for Justin Pope's HIST 210.

Searching for Published Primary Sources

Primary sources such as diaries, letters, official documents, drawings, and photographs may be reprinted in books and government documents included in library collections. 

Tips for finding primary sources in the library:

  • Use keywords that label primary sources such as: sources, diaries, correspondence, interviews, oral history, personal narratives, pictorial works, maps.
  • Do author searches for names of people who wrote first-hand accounts.
  • Search for newspapers.


North America

Government Documents

Government Documents are located on the upper level along the south wall.

  • The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution (Z.2.2:1+)
  • Secret Journals of Congress Foreign Affairs (Z2.8:1-4)
  • Annals of Congress (1774-1789, available online)
  • American State Papers
    • Foreign Relations
    • Finance
    • Commerce and Navigation
    • Military Affairs
    • Public Lands