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African American Women in the Military and at War

Locating Primary Sources

Primary sources are materials that contain firsthand accounts of events and were created at the time of the event or recalled later by an eyewitness. Materials may be in the form of newspapers and magazines, letters and diaries, photographs, video recordings, oral histories and transcripts, or government records.

Some resources on the the early participation of African American women in the armed forces and various early war efforts can be found in digital repositories on the internet. Below are a select number of resources that are available as well as some databases, archives, or digital collections that can be used to find resources.

Newspapers and Visual Material Collections

Subscription Databases

The subscription resources marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.

Some databases, archives and collections for finding further primary sources, include the following:

Resources from Google Books