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World History since 1500 (HY 104)

World History since 1500


You can search the online catalog (Primo Pathfinder) for books that contain primary sources.  Some subject terms to use are:

  1.  Diaries
  2.  Letters
  3.  Correspondence
  4.  Autobiographies
  5.  Sources

The Salmon Library also has the Library of American Civilization (LAC) series.  This is a collection of materials on microfiche relating to all aspects of American life and literature from their beginnings to the outbreak of World War I.  The collection includes pamphlets, periodicals, documents, biographies and autobiographies, fictional works, poetry, collections of various kinds, materials of foreign origin relating to America, and many rare books not generally available.

You can search for these items by using the phrase "Library of American Civilization".   For assistance retrieving specific microfiche cards, ask at the library's Research Help Desk.

Many of these titles have been digitized by libraries, the Google Book scanning project, and the Microsoft Book scanning project.

Once you find your titles check these websites to see if the book is available as a PDF file.

 Quinnipiac University

 Internet Archive (Text)

 Google Books


Another collection of primary source documents is found in the series The Library of Original Sources edited by Oliver J. Thatcher.

From the preface: "It is the purpose of this work to present the ideas that have influenced civilization in the words of the men or the documents that developed them."

  •  Volume 1: The Ancient World - AC1 .T4 v. 1
  •  Volume 2: The Greek World - AC1 .T4 v. 2
  •  Volume 9: 1833-1865 - AC1 .T4 v. 9
  •  Volume 10: 1865-1903. Indexes. - AC1 .T4 v. 10


All the volumes are available as PDF files at the Internet Archive.

Primary Documents in the Salmon Library Collection

To find additional primary documents search for your subject and put SOURCES in the subject field.