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Find primary sources

Primary sources are original documents created at the time of an event, such as a newspaper account, photographs, or videos. Primary sources also include diaries, memoirs, interviews and other records that document a past event. Historians use primary sources to interpret the past while building upon previous historical research.

Use advanced library search to find interviews, personal narratives, statistics, diaries, correspondence, biographies, and archives.

       Search example: “Vietnam War, 1961-1975AND "personal narratives"

To find maps with advanced library search, select "Material types" then "Maps."

     Search example: “New Orleans” AND maps

Some of our historical materials are available on microform. See our U.S. history microform collections:

Manuscripts and other rare and unique materials can be found in Special Collections with an emphasis on Arizona and the Southwest, borderlands, University of Arizona, political affairs, literature and history of science.

Primary source collections

Map collections