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).
See Search Strategies for Special Collections for finding aids and guides to searching the collections efficiently.
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:
A few examples: Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 -- Correspondence
For additional information on identifying primary sources, see the Primary Sources subject guide.