(personal narrative$ or corresponden$ or diar$ or interview$ or oral or eyewitness or letter$ or document$)
and civil war and Vermont
(The $ substitutes for whatever letters that might come next, so that the search includes any words that start with what's typed but might end differently. For example, diar$ catches diary and diaries and diarist. Different catalogs use different symbols for this.)
Here are some examples in the CU library:
Discovering American Women's History Online
"Provides access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States."
Women in World History
From The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University. "An online curriculum resource center to help high-school and college world history teachers and their students locate, analyze, and learn from primary sources dealing with women and gender in world history."
Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement
"An online archival collection"
Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University
Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe College
Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College
A repository of manuscripts, photographs, periodicals and other primary sources in women's history,
Women in World History: Primary Sources. Browse or search more than 200 primary sources by region. From the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University
Women Working, 1800-1930
"A digital exploration of women's impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression. Working conditions, workplace regulations, home life, costs of living, commerce, recreation, health and hygiene, and social issues are among the issues documented in this online research collection from Harvard University."
Women's History Sourcebook from Fordham University
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Chronicling America from the Library of Congress, a project to enhance access to America's historic newspapers.
Vermont Newspapers Index
Offers a searchable index to the Burlington Free Press and the Rutland Herald from 1984 to the present.The library has both newspapers on microfilm, covering these dates:
Burlington Free Press: 1986-2009
Rutland Herald: 1853-present
Research Using Primary Sources
from the University of Maryland Libraries
Primary Sources at Yale: What are Primary Sources
(describes different kinds of primary sources)
Library Research: Finding Primary Sources
from UC Berkeley's library
Primary Sources on the Web
from the American Library Association
These guides and tutorials are targeted at students from those universities, so some of the resources described will not be available to you. However, there is a lot of useful information in each about primary sources in general.
Digital Archives from BlackPast.org (an online reference guide to African American history)
In the First Person
"A free, high quality, professionally published, in-depth index of close to 4,000 collections of personal narratives in English from around the world."
The Valley of the Shadow (Civil War documents)
Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less from Newseum Digital Classroom
"One of the largest online collections of primary sources and historical periodicals about the women’s suffrage movement. This collection investigates the suffragists’ pioneering use of the free press and the other First Amendment freedoms."
Gifts of Speech is "a non-profit project, sponsored by Sweet Briar College, dedicated to preserving and creating access to speeches by inspirational, influential and contemporary, women from around the world"