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Primary Sources: Home


A primary source is an artifact, document, or object that is an account or record of an event/phenomena from the time in which the event occurred. Examples include: diaries, letters, speeches, music, film clips, artwork, etc.

Below are select primary source search engines, subscription databases, and freely available e-collections.

Murphy Library's Special Collections and Area Research Center also offers on site access to primary sources relating to Wisconsin, La Crosse, and UWL history.

Letters & Diaries

Online Collections of Primary Sources

Resources that include multiple types of primary sources (e.g. letters, manuscripts, images, movies, documents, etc.)

Research Assistance

Reference Desk

Librarians can help you learn to make the most of the information resources, tools, and services of Murphy Library and beyond!

Weekdays & Sunday afternoons (fall/spring):

  • Visit us at the reference desk (1st floor)
  • Call us at 608.785.8508
  • Web Chat with us

Any time (year-round):

Local history and/or archives research? Special Collections / Area Research Center specialists are available!

Catalogs / Search Engines to Find Primary Sources


Oral Histories