I encourage you to expand your research to collections at other libraries.
Borrow from other libraries - You will be able to use either Interlibrary Loan or TexShare to borrow these materials. Ask a librarian for help if you have any questions.
WorldCat will help you identify books, archival collections, and articles available from other libraries.
TexShare is a statewide program through which St. Mary's current students, faculty, and staff may check out materials, in person, from participating TexShare libraries.
You can get a free TexShare card at the Blume Library Circulation Counter. TexShare cards are only valid for one semester. You will need to get a new card each semester. You must present a current TexShare card, your St. Mary's Rattler ID card, and a photo ID (if your St. Mary's ID does not include a photo) at the library from which you wish to borrow materials.
For borrowers from other institutions:
Borrowers from other institutions can pay Texshare fines, assessed by the Blume Library, with a credit card using the Texshare online payment form.
Search WorldCat for books, journals, primary and archival resources, and other materials owned by libraries in Texas and worldwide.
Don't forget to ask a librarian for help if you have questions.
To find primary sources on you topic, try searching you topic (ex: witchcraft, slavery, Texas, Bexar, etc.) in combination with one of the following words:
|Search Term||When To Use It|
|sources||generic term, often produces the most results|
|archive||use with organizations, individuals and families|
|archival resources||use with topics and geographic areas (counties, cities, etc.)|
|correspondence||use with individuals, familes, classes of people, ethnic groups|
|diaries||use with individuals and families|
|manuscripts||use with individuals|
|notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.||use with individuals|
|personal narratives||use with names of events|
|personnel records||use with organizations and military units|
|records and correspondence||
use with organizations and groups
|speeches, addresses, etc||
use with individuals or groups
A search in WorldCat.org or the Library Catalog on the terms "slaves and correspondence" finds books that includes primary source material on African Americans during the Civil War and Reconstruction.