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HST 325: U.S. Foreign Relations to 1914 (Conroy-Krutz): Print Primary Sources

Primary Sources in the MSU Catalog

You can search for primary sources in the MSU Library catalog. Below are suggestions on ways to formulate your searches in the catalog to find primary sources in a topic of your choosing. 

Begin with terms related to the subject area in which your interested. When beginning your search, you can start by typing in terms as a general "Keywords." As you look through results, note the subject terms listed for those resources; you can use those subject terms and search them as "Subjects." Some examples of subject searches include:


  • United States -- foreign relations -- 18th century
  • United States -- foreign relations -- 19th century
  • United States -- foreign relations -- [country name, such as Spain, Great Britain, China, etc.] 


  • Immigrants -- United States -- history
  • Immigrants -- United States -- history -- 18th century
  • Immigrants -- United States -- history -- 19th century
  • Women -- suffrage
  • Women's rights -- United States -- 19th century


  • United States -- history -- War of 1812
  • Spanish-American War, 1898


When you know what topic your researching and have some keywords or subject terms to use, add the following terms to search specifically for primary sources:

  • Personal narratives
  • Sources
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Letters
  • Speeches


Some example searches include:


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Additional Primary Source Resources

G. Robert Vincent Voice Library

The Vincent Voice Library holds a large collection of audio recordings dating back to 1888. A small portion of the library's holdings is searchable in the catalog, and the library's U.S. Presidential Audio Recordings is available online. You can also contact the library for more information and assistance on additional recordings.

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