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HI 388 Modern Spain: Civil War and Colonial Conflict: Find Primary Sources

This guide will help you find resources for your research.

Primary Sources are...

...the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience. Primary sources provide a window into the past—unfiltered access to the record of artistic, social, scientific and political thought and achievement during the specific period under study, produced by people who lived during that period. - Library of Congress

Primary sources are the evidence of history, original records or objects created by participants or observers at the time historical events occurred or even well after events, as in memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include but are not limited to: letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, maps, speeches, interviews, documents produced by government agencies, photographs, audio or video recordings, born-digital items (e.g. emails), research data, and objects or artifacts (such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons). These sources serve as the raw materials historians use to interpret and analyze the past. - RUSA (ALA)

Tip for Searching the Library Catalog

To find primary sources in any online library catalog, try a subject search for [COUNTRY NAME] + [TOPIC] + Sources.

For example:

Spain - History - Sources

Additional Search Tips for Finding Primary Sources

Add the following keywords to your search:

  • Sources
  • Archives
  • Diaries
  • Personal narratives
  • Correspondence
  • Interviews
  • Speeches
  • Quotations
  • Collections
  • Pictorial works
  • Statistics

Correspondence on Microfilm

You will find equipment nearby to read, print and save as PDF documents.  If you need help, please ask at the reference and circulation desks.

Digital Collections


La Guerra Civil Espanola - A Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 Website - La Guerra Civil Española no es solo una página capital de la historia moderna sino una de las claves históricas del presente y del futuro de España. España es hoy un pais democrático y las heridas, aunque tal vez todavía duelan, estan (o deberían estar ya) cicatrizadas. Pero la actual democracia debe mucho al dolor de estas heridas; sin ellas, sin su recuerdo, correríamos el riesgo de volver a repetir los errores del pasado. Este Web es un punto de encuentro de todos aquellos que desean.

La guerra de Nuestros Abuelos - A website that makes available oral histories of the war and postwar period.

Spagna Contemporanea has an interdisciplinary focus on 19th and 20th-century Spain