Attempts have been made to identify and list all early books published in English. These "catalogs" list the books by author, and note the libraries which report having a copy of the book.
To view and/or photocopy the works on microfilm, use the microfilm reader/printers located nearby.
Diaries, Correspondence, and other Papers: private papers of sufficient interest may be published for the use of historians and other interested parties. These are listed in BearCat. Use "keywords" such as "correspondence", "diaries". Some examples (with call numbers in Crumb):
These include selected documents and papers of historical interest. The term used in the catalog to describe these is usually "Sources". For ex, "Great Britain History Sources" as a Subject Heading search will turn up many compilations of primary sources. Some examples
Some of the terms used in library catalogs for collections of primary source documents:
SOURCES - this is the most general term used for a collection of primary documents of various kinds, or a guide to locating primary sources. Example catalog search: united states history sources
PERSONAL NARRATIVES - a general subject heading for first-hand accounts
CORRESPONDENCE - collections of letters
DESCRIPTION AND TRAVEL
ARCHIVES - This usually leads to guides or directories of archival collecrtions. Example catalog search: new york state archives
Books and articles may also reproduce primary sources, either as appendixes or within the text. And they may be excellent sources for learning about what primary sources are known to exist.
Newspapers are published everywhere in many languages. Back issues are almost always available only as microfilm. The most comprehensive list of foreign newspapers is Newspapers in Microform: Foreign Countries Ref PN 4855.A1L5 1948-83. Most newspapers available in microfilm can be obtained through Interlibrary Loan. Few newspapers have indexes to their contents, but some of the most important ones do.
Writing and illustrations in periodicals are important historical artifacts. Wide circulation magazines in England date from around the end of the 17th century. Examples to be found in Crumb Library are:
Indexes to the contents of magazines came much later. Listed here are indexes which cover popular interest and news magazines (rather than professional historical journals), which enable you to look for articles by subject:
Call numbers below are for Crumb Library. For microforms, ask at the Reference Desk.