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Primary Sources

This guide will help you learn the difference between primary and secondary sources in various subject areas and provides resources for locating primary sources, both in the library and on the open web.

Asian American History Resources

CSU Japanese American Digitization Project Collections from CSU campuses tell the story of Japanese Americans in the 20th century — their migration to the United States, the Alien Land laws under which they lived, incarceration during World War II, and the Redress Movement

Densho Digital Repository Oral histories, photographs, documents, newspapers, and letters related to the Japanese American incarceration.

South Asian Oral History Project from the University of Washington Libraries. Experiences of immigrants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka who settled in the Pacific Northwest are available digitally online in audio, video, and/or written transcripts.

California collections

Chinese American Oral History Project Collected by students at Cal State LA.

Central Valley Southeast Asian American Successful Voices Interviews with successful Southeast Asian Americans in the Central Valley.

San Joaquin Valley Japanese Americans Oral histories, newsletters, and photographs documenting the history of San Joaquin Valley Japanese Americans who were sent to incarceration camps during World War II.