Locating Primary Sources
There are many access points to the vast collections of primary sources available to you.
Certain words and phrases (part of the Library of Congress Subject Headings classification system) will find primary sources in library catalogs. You can use these in OskiCat or Melvyl:
-early works to 1800
Your searches will be more successful if, in your preliminary research, you identify specific:
- names of relevant individuals and organizations
- dates of events
- what terminology was used at the time by participants and observers? (ex: negro or colored instead of african american)
Organizations with manuscript collections make their collections accessible with finding aids. The tools below allow you to search the finding aids by topic, helping you identify collections available around the world that may inform your research. The Online Archive of California includes finding aids from historical societies, government agencies, libraries in California, including Bancroft Library, and is your best choice for locating archival collections in California.
Searchable descriptions of nearly a million historical documents, personal papers, and family histories kept in libraries, museums, and archives worldwide. Includes information on how to examine and order copies.
Archive Finder (including ArchivesUSA and NIDS UK/Ireland)
Directory which describes over 206,200 collections of primary source material housed in thousands of repositories across the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Local and Digital Collections
This page includes a sample of the primary source collections related to Berkeley in the Sixties that are available to you in The Library or online.
California Loyalty Oath The database linked below provides digitized access to select content held in the University of California archives. The Loyalty Oath website was built in conjunction with a symposium held on the Berkeley campus in 1999 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the controversy. It includes digitized content from the symposium and select hisotrical documents.
Disability Rights Movement This collection explores the social and political history of the disability movement from the 1960s to the present. The extensive collection of oral histories and archival materials is arranged geographically, alphabetically, and by organization, but you may find it most useful to look at the materials arranged by research topic.
University of California History Digital Archives This site provides online access to some of the historical materials collected on the University of California system, including the history of the Berkeley campus.
California Loyalty Oath Digital Collection
Comprised of digitized source material drawn from several locations in the UC system, including the University Archives at UCB, the University Archives at UCLA, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives, and the Office of the Secretary of the Regents.
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.
Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives
Documents the key events, trends, and movements in 1960s America. Includes 70,000 pages of letters, diaries, and oral histories; more than 30,000 pages of posters, broadsides, pamphlets, advertisements, and rare audio and video materials. Enhanced by dozens of scholarly document projects, featuring annotated primary-source content that is analyzed and contextualized through interpretive essays by historians.