You can use HopeCat to find out if we have primary sources on your topic. Here are a few tricks for locating these materials in our collection.
As a part of your keyword search, experiment with including words like: source, personal narratives, diaries, correspondence, interviews, church records and registers, sermons, early works, wills, photographs. You may have to search on a broader topic to find relevant materials.
Click for my favorite way to search HopeCat for primary sources.
Are you finding interesting looking materials in our ultrafiche collection? Many of these books are now available online through Google Books, so try searching for the title there first before turning on the microfilm machine.