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AA371/HI298: African American History

Primary Sources in BU Libraries Search

The search box on the main library webpage (use Advanced Search) is a good place to begin a search for primary sources. The library uses Library of Congress subject headings to classify the books in the collection and there are a number of Library of Congress subheadings that point to primary sources. They are:

  • correspondence
  • sources
  • diaries
  • personal narratives
  • interviews
  • speeches
  • documents
  • archives
  • early works to 1800

These terms can be used in a subject search or a keyword search. Examples of subject searches would be:

  • African Americans--Historiography
  • African American History Sources
  • African American Women Civil Rights Workers Sources

Examples of keyword searches would be:

  • Black veterans and politics
  • Integration and civil rights
  • Black Panthers and police

Many primary documents are reprinted in published sources such as Documents of American History, Annals of America, and Speeches of the American Presidents and these and others are available in the library.

Primary Source Databases and Print Books

Historical Newspapers


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Donald Altschiller
Mugar Memorial Library
Subjects: History, Religion