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ECON 101-6: Did Economics Win Two World Wars? (Gordon): Finding Primary Sources

Research guide for Prof. Gordon's Economics Freshman Seminar

Online Collections of Historical Documents

Tools for Finding Historical U.S. Government Documents

  • Foreign Relations of the United States.
    Publisher: Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. 1861-
    Call number: MAIN Government Info S 1. 1:
    Online access: via Univ. of Wisconsin (1861-1960)
    Online access: via State Department (1961-1980)
    The Foreign Relations of the United States series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. Produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian since 1861, the series contains documents from Presidential libraries, Department of State, Department of Defense, National Security Council, Central Intelligence Agency, Agency for International Development, and other foreign affairs agencies as well as the private papers of individuals involved in formulating U.S. foreign policy.
     
  • The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
    Publisher: New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1938-1950.
    Call number: MAIN Library 973.91 R7811p
    Online: via HeinOnline
    This 13 volume compilation of the papers and speeches of FDR covers the genesis of the New Deal through victory in World War II.
     
  • The Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States. Harry S. Truman.
    Publisher: Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1961.
    Call number: MAIN Library 353.031 U58p
    Online: via Hein Online
    The Truman administration volumes cover the years 1945-1953.
     
  • The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson.
    Publisher: New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1925-1927.
    Call number: MAIN Library 973.91 W754.2
    Online: via Hein Online
    This 6 volume compilation of the papers and speeches of Woodrow Wilson covers 1875 through 1924.
     

Wartime News Sources

News stories written at the time events took place are generally considered to be primary sources. The resources below will help you find wartime news coverage. Popular articles and editorials of the time can also help illustrate public attitudes during the wars.

And here are just a few selected popular magazines of the time:

  • Time. 1923- bound copies held at MAIN Large Books (L 051 T583 ) & Main Library Periodical/Newspaper Reading Room (Film 9267 ). Also available online via EBSCO Academic Search Complete.
  • Life. 1936-1972- bound copies held at Oak Grove Library Center--Request Online (Folio 051 L722 ) & microfilm at Main Library Periodical/Newspaper Reading Room (Film 8271 ).
  • The New Yorker. 1925- bound copies held at MAIN Large Books (L 051 N5322 ) with some issues on microfilm at Main Periodical/Newspaper Reading Room (Film 8258 ).
  • The Saturday Evening Post. 1903-1943 bound copies held at MAIN (Folio 051 S254 ) and 1943-1969 at MAIN Large Books (L 051 S254 ).

Helpful Hint

Use the subject headings in NUsearch to find primary sources.

The sub-heading --Sources can be used to zero in on works that provide access to primary source material.

In NUsearch you can use the advanced search mode to search for your topic using keywords or subjects, then on another line use the pull-down menu to select "Subjects" and "Contains words" then type in the word "sources."