Newspapers are invaluable for their immediacy, recording history as it happened. The following are a few of the databases that provide historical newspaper access (other available titles can be found by searching the Library's Databases A-Z list):
The following are examples of historical popular magazines and periodical literature (other than newspapers) accessible through KU collections:
The following databases may be useful in finding primary source literature, including novels, stories, pamphlets, broadsides and more:
The following collections include diaries, letters, and various ephemera including posters, maps, advertisements, trade cards, programs, and more:
Primary sources are firsthand accounts of an event - or original records created during a particular time period - which do not contain any outside interpretation. Examples include:
Primary sources are useful because they give researchers a better understanding of an event since they are written by someone who experienced or witnessed the event in question.
Secondary sources are one step removed from the original event. They provide criticism or interpretation of a primary source.