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H236 America in War: Finding Primary Sources

These resources provide information about the United States during the periods of WW I, WW II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

What are primary sources?

Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred, or well after events occurred.  Primary sources may include:

  • letters
  • manuscripts
  • diaries
  • journals
  • oral histories
  • newspapers
  • speeches
  • interviews
  • memoirs
  • government documents
  • photographs
  • audio recordings
  • video recordings

 

These sources serve as the raw material to interpret the past.  When they are used along with previous interpretations by historians, they provide the resources necessary for historical research. 

Primary source databases available via IUS Library:

Listed here are the largest and most relevant resources, but depending on your topic, you may find it useful to choose "Databases By Subject" and examine the entire list of History databases. There are smaller and more specific resources in that list which are not included here.