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History of the Family Around the World: Primary Sources

This is a guide to researching the history of the family around the world using reference works, bibliographies, periodical indexes, and primary sources.

Primary Sources

Finding Women's History Primary Sources

This research guide provides an introduction to selected print and electronic resources for finding primary sources in women's history.

British Isles Online Primary Resources

This is a guide to the major electronic resources M.S.U. Libraries has bought or is subscribing to about/from the British Isles.  Some are described below, some not.

Murray and Hong Special Collections

M.S.U. Libraries’ Murray and Hong Special Collections contains the sub-collections Juvenile Literature (Boys’ and Girls’ Books), Sunday school Books, Comic Art, and Cookery. Many early cookbooks contain sections on household management and children. Some cookbooks and Sunday school books are available online. We also have an Eighteenth -century British Collection. Use the online catalog to search Special Collections’ location and try such subject headings as: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, children’s literature, girls—books and reading, boys—books and reading, girls comic books, girls—conduct of life, girls—fiction, adventure story comic books, strips, etc, cookery, cookery [state], cookery [country], cookery [continent], cookery—early works to 1800.

New York Times (1851-2008)

Covers politics, society, events.  Search by topic or by date.  Limit results by type of material, such as advertisements, classified ads, editorials, letters to editor, front page articles, obituaries, birth, or marriage notices, stand alone photos, legal notices, etc.

North American Slave Narratives

North American Slave Narratives is a collection of more than 250 memoirs, autobiographies, & narratives from individuals who were slaves. These firsthand accounts describe the conditions of slavery and a number of slave escapes to freedom. Courtesy of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Children and Youth in History 

Children and Youth in History website is designed to help researchers learn about young people throughout history by providing access to information about the lived experiences of children and youth from multiple perspectives as well as changing notions about childhood and adolescence in past cultures and civilizations.  Contains a primary Source Database with 200 resources along with guidance on how to use those sources critically and tools for annotating and organizing the sources.

History of Science, Women and Health Microfilm 28950-- 23 reels Remote Storage
Drawn from History of Women and the European Women's Periodical Collections.  Guide in Microcopy Guides Section HQ 1180 .H58 2000

Women's Autobiographies from Cambridge University Library 28973 --  22 reels Remote Storage
Guide in Microcopy Guides at CT 3230 .W66 2004.  Details the lives, thoughts, and relationships of women from different social backgrounds in England, Scotland, Wales, USA, and France. This project gives an insight into women's place in society, domestically and publicly, for the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Part 2 provides accounts and recollections of family history, differing regional cultures, childhood memoirs, inequality of education, different types of work undertaken by women and the wages received, women as voluntary workers and women's aspirations.

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