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Special Collections & Archives

Located on the third floor of the Monroe Library, Special Collections and Archives preserves materials related to the history of Louisiana and the South, the Society of Jesus, and Loyola University New Orleans. Materials must be used in the Reading Room. Please contact for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources

Please see our Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources (last revised Aug. 2013).

What Are Primary Sources?

The Society of American Archivists Glossary defines primary sources as "Material that contains firsthand accounts of events and that was created contemporaneous to those events or later recalled by an eyewitness."

A secondary source is "A work that is not based on direct observation of or evidence directly associated with the subject, but instead relies on sources of information" or "A work commenting on another work (primary sources), such as reviews, criticism, and commentaries."

American History Primary Source Digital Collections

Large Scale Primary Source Digital Libraries

Historical Newspaper Databases