Here are some ways to find primary sources on your topic:
1. Check the bibliographies of your found secondary sources to see what primary sources they are using for their argument. Then use library resources or the open internet (Google is a great option) to see if you can locate these sources. Sometimes these resources can be requested via ILL if they cannot be located in our collection or on the open internet.
2. Search SouthCat (see box below) for published sources or sourcebooks.
3. Try Googling your topic and primary sources ex. Cuba "free people of color" 19th century. Many libraries, museums, and historical societies have digitized collections that are open to the public.
Use the USA Marx Library Catalog: SOUTHcat to locate books, videos, and audio materials located in the USA Library.
Use some of the keywords listed in the examples under Primary Sources and add a personal name, country, or time period.
Examples of Keyword Searches:
elizabeth browning letters
thomas jefferson correspondence
"civil war" "united states" "personal narrative?" (phrase search combined with truncation search)
george washington papers
lewis clark journals
mormon "life writings"
You may also search Subject Heading Keyword using many of the same terms.
Examples of Subject Heading Keyword:
"united states" history sources