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LGBT Studies Research Guide: Primary

Using Primary Sources

Primary sources are firsthand accounts of events or periods of time and can include such items as personal letters and journals, diaries, interviews, oral histories, autobiographies, government documents, speeches, or newspapers.

You can locate primary sources that Emory holds by searching in discoverE and adding a subheading to your subject search. Some useful subheadings can include: sources, interviews, oral histories, biography, autobiography, diaries, correspondence, and letters. Here are some examples:

If you need assistance in locating primary sources whether they are held at Emory or elsewhere, please feel free to the LGBT Studies subject librarian or another reference librarian.

Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL)

MARBL is located in the Woodruff Library and is open to all faculty, researchers, and students. MARBL houses many of the primary resource materials mentioned above, as well as the University Archives and Rare Books. A subject guide for LGBT Studies is available online specifically for the materials housed in MARBL. While the subject guide lists many collections that are primarily gay and lesbian related, there are many additional collections that may have related materials. Some of these guides include: African American History and Culture, and Women's History.

Check out the LGBT Microfilm Research Guide for literally thousands of primary sources at your finger tips.