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Library Resources: Primary Sources

Primary sources are the raw materials of history. They are original documents and objects created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented.

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Annals of American History

Illuminates U.S. history from 1493 to modern times in over 2,000 primary documents including speeches, historical accounts, memoirs, poems, images, and multimedia.

Saskia Art History Images

A collection of digital art images with a special emphasis on the core images required for teaching the history of Western Art.


Contains three million pages of 19th-21st century British newspapers.

Other primary source databases






News and Events

CLC Open 24/5 Now Through Finals

Monday, November 30, 2015

To assist students needing late night study space during this busy time, the Conaton Learning Commons is open Sunday 10am through Friday 7pm, as well as Saturday 8am - 5pm, from November 30 until December 18. Students may use their All Cards to access the CLC through the main 3rd floor entrance after 10pm. Good luck on your finals!

Still Need to Research?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Librarians will be staffing a table in Alter Hall today, November 19th from 12:30 -- 2:30 pm on the first floor near Bellarmine Chapel. They will offer research assistance ideas for papers and projects. Free gift to students for stopping by and talking with them! For questions, please contact Vicki Young at

Spy on Campus?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Did Harry Gold, Class of 1940, come to Xavier as a Soviet spy or did he become a spy after he arrived at Xavier? Fr. Thomas Kennealy, S.J., University Archivist, will reveal this intriguing and true story this Thursday, November 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Fenwick Conferecne Room. Bring your lunch and come hear this fascinating story that sounds like a modern-day fiction novel.