There is no particular area in the library, aside from the archives, where you will find primary sources shelved. You need to use creativity and insight to think about where to find primary sources for your research. Diaries, memoirs, and letters are possibilities; so are popular press accounts of events and official documents. The items listed here are a sampling of resources that may prove helpful in historical research. Look, too, for collections of documents published as anthologies or for important historical texts from the web sources listed here. For further options, check out our guide to primary sources available in our library.
If you need help, please don't hesitate to ask a librarian!
These resources will lead you to newspaper and magazine articles.
Primary sources related to your topics are often found in edited volumes in our library. These sources have often been collected, translated and edited by scholars, who often present the primary sources within context and additional commentary.
To find these sources, go into the Advanced Search option on the library's catalog (look for it under the search box on the homepage). Enter search terms related to your topic in a search box. In a separate box, enter the word "sources" and set the drop-down option as "Subject." You may have to play around with the search terms a bit. A librarian can help with this, too.
Think of the organizations operating at the time; some might have digitized archival materials available online. Search for the website of the organization, such as the World Council of Churches, and see if there's a link to their archives. NOTE: It's unlikely that you'll find a large amount of materials available digitally, but you might find something.