HIST 101: Food in American History

Primary Sources

Primary sources can be found in a variety of library tools:

For specific search strategies, see the Library's Guide to Finding Historical Primary Sources

Learn more about your topic in advance:

  • names of relevant individuals and organizations
  • dates of events
  • places
  • what terminology was used at the time by participants and observers? (ex:  negro or colored instead of african american)

Use the bibliographies of secondary sources and reference sources to find citations to specific primary sources; search OskiCat to locate them on campus, or ask for assistance at the Library.

Searching OskiCat for Primary Sources

Search OskiCat for primary sources using keywords and adding terms that denote primary sources, such as:

-personal narratives


puerto rican* interviews
african american soldiers personal narratives
irish american* newspapers

UCB Library Primary Sources and Guides

Regional Oral History Office series

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Food and Wine


Gateway to digitized images from the libraries and museums of 10 University of California campuses and more than 100 cultural heritage organizations in California. Includes more than 150,000 photographs, diaries, documents, oral histories and other resources. Serves as a single point of access for more than 300 UC-created websites and collections.

Finding Aid to the Paul Schuster Taylor papers

No online items but the finding aid (guide or index) to the collection is online. This allows you to find the box, carton, etc. that you will need to request when you go to the Bancroft Library to see the actual materials.

Guide to Research on the United Farm Workers

Institute for Research on Labor and Employment


Primary Source Databases - Selected

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