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Political Science / Public Policy Resources: Primary Sources

Primary Sources

Primary sources are documents that were recorded or written down at the time an event occurred. Primary sources can include diaries, letters, speeches, photographs, newspaper articles, government documents, and much more.  

To find primary sources held at the MSU Libraries, perform a keyword search in the library catalog with the terms s:elections and one of the following subject keyword(s)  s:archives; s:archival resources; s:correspondence; s:diaries; s:manuscripts; s:notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.; s:personal narratives; s:personnel records; s:records and correspondence; and s:sources.   The last option -- s:sources will probably be the most productive. 

Sample Primary Sources

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