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HISTORY 366: Fascism Then & Now (Fall 2020) : Other Primary Sources

What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are materials from the time period that report on what is happening.  Examples include books (e.g., personal narratives, memoirs, and autobiographies, collected works, and collections of documents); journal and magazine articles, newspaper articles, government documents, archival sources (.e.g, diaries, interviews, memos, manuscripts, and other papers and records of organizations); and multimedia sources (e.g., photographs, audio recordings, and motion pictures or video recordings). 

Suggested Databases

Finding Primary Sources in Books (in the Library Catalog)

 Use the tips below to search the Library Catalog for books that contain primary sources.

  • Words in catalog records can identify an item as a primary source. Search for format related words like: advertisements, autobiographies, correspondence, diaries, documents, interviews, journal, letters, manuscripts, personal narratives, sources, speeches, etc. You can combine a primary-source format word with words describing your topic (e.g., letters and Lincoln or diaries and civil war).
  • To find diaries, letters, autobiographies, personal papers, etc., by a particular person, search for the person's name as an author.
  • For more information about finding primary sources, see the Research Guides on this page.

Finding Newspapers

You can search for historical newspapers that could also be used as primary sources.

This newspaper research guide has an entire page dedicated to finding Historical Newspapers.

On This Page

This page suggests databases and digital collections where you can find primary source documents related to fascism as it is found in a variety of times and places.

Image from The Badger American, a pro-Klan newspaper published in Milwaukee and available in the database Understanding Hate in America.

Research Guides

See the Research Guides below for more information about primary sources. The Research Guides include many more online resources including ones with historical journals, magazines and newspapers and documents.