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*Primary Sources: A Guide

A guide to identifying and locating primary sources for conducting research in history.

Primary Sources for US History

Examples of primary sources that could be used for the study of United States history are well represented throughout this guide. Consider the many US government document, US newspapers, and other materials available at FSU Libraries.

Below are a selection of digital collections and resources the cover specialized subjects or time periods. If you are having trouble identifying or locating primary sources for your research project, be sure to contact the History Librarian or an FSU Archivist for assistance.

Native American History

When searching for materials about indigenous peoples of the Americas, note that the subject headings often use "Indians" to describe indigenous peoples generally. The general subject headings are as follows:

  • Indians of North America
  • Indians of Mexico
  • Indians of Central America
  • Indians of South America
  • Indians of the West Indies

These can be further subdivided geographically by adding a US state, Canadian province, or other country or regional name.

When browsing the book shelves for works about indigenous peoples and First Nations of North America, you may find the most books in the following call numbers ranges:

Indians of North America History: E 75-99 (3rd Floor)

  • E 93 Government relations
  • E 97 Education
  • E 99 Individual nations

Law of the United States and Indians: KF 8201-8228 (FSU Law Library)
North American Indian Languages: PM 101-2711 (5th floor)

African American History

Be sure to consult the dedicated guide to the Civil Rights Movement for additional resources.

Colonial America & the Early Republic

For additional materials, see Published colonial records of the American colonies, STROZIER LIBRARY Micromaterials Film 9392. Guide to this set: STROZIER LIBRARY Micromaterials E187 .R4 1995

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