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English Literatures: Find Primary Sources

A guide to research resources for English, American, and Anglophone world literature.

Digital Primary Source Collections

Special Collections at Georgetown

Located on the 5th floor of Lauinger Library, the Booth Family Center for Special Collections (BFCSC) offers treasures that include a Shakespeare First Folio, an original manuscript of Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and a robust run of Punch (British magazine of humor and satire, 1841-2002).

The BFCSC Catalog describes Georgetown's rich collections.  Pay particular attention to the Literature & Linguistics section.

See Search Strategies for Special Collections for finding aids and guides to searching the collections efficiently.

Finding Literature-Related Primary Sources in Catalogs

GEORGE and other catalogs list authors' published letters, diaries and facsimile manuscripts, as well as non-literary materials published during the period when your author was writing.  To find these primary sources, search for subject keywords such as the following: 

  • Sources
  • Description and travel
  • Personal narratives
  • Correspondence
  • Early works
  • Correspondence, reminiscences, etc.
  • Caricatures and cartoons
  • Archives
  • Interviews
  • Diaries

A few examples:     Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 -- Correspondence

    Harlem Renaissance -- Sources

For additional information on identifying primary sources, see the Primary Sources subject guide.

Primary Source Indexes