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HIST 300: Historical Research (Simonsen)


This web guide suggests digital repositories and databases in which you can locate primary sources for your research project in HIST 300. I've also included a few databases to search for secondary sources.

Augustana's Special Collections

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Augustana's Special Collections will be open by appointment only this fall semester. There is a limit of one researcher in the reading room at a time. For more information email


A few things about Special Collections:

- To explore Special's digital presence, start on the Special Collections home page.

- Click "Digital Projects" to find our collections of digitized materials. Note that a majority of what we own in Special Collections has not been digitized. You can obtain a few sources here, but it's unlikely you can base an entire project on our digital collections.

- You can conduct a keyword search of the finding aids for our manuscript collections. (A finding aid is a document that describes the contents of an archival collection, to make those contents more accessible to researchers.) To do so, click "Search Our Collections." Select "Search for Manuscripts and Archival Material," then "Search Our Manuscript Collections Using ArchivesSpace."

- For help citing sources from Special Collections, visit the Special Collections Citation Guide.