Primary sources are "firsthand" or "eyewitness" records, and often are not published, but can be located in manuscript and archive collections. Following is a selected list of guides (directories) to manuscript collections available in the Oviatt Library or online.
- A Guide to Archives and Manuscripts in the United States, Philip M. Hamer,ed. New Haven : Yale University Press, 1961. Location: Reference Room CD3022 .A45
- Directory of Archives and Manuscript Repositories in the United States., Phoenix : Oryx Press, 1988.
Location: Reference Room CD3020 .D49 198
- Guide to ethnic museums, libraries, and archives in the United States / by Lubomyr R. Wynar and Lois Buttlar. Location:Second Floor E184.A1 W95
- Repositories of Primary Sources
Online Archive of California http://www.oac.cdlib.org/
The OAC brings together historical materials from a variety of California institutions, including museums, historical societies, and archives. Over 120,000 images; 50,000 pages of documents, letters, and oral histories; and 8,000 guides to collections are available.