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Religion & Politics in American History

Primary Sources in Religion

The key primary sources for most religions are the religious texts themselves, but primary sources in religion can also include: books, works of art, pamphlets, sermons, government documents, and other contemporary writing by religious officials or members of a particular organization. Try searching for the names of people, legislation, or religious organizations.

Subject Terms for Primary Sources

Subject terms can be used to search JumboSearch for primary sources. Below is a list of subject terms that describe primary sources. You can pair these subject terms with key words related to your topic to find relevant primary sources. For example, you can search JumboSearch for "sermons" as a subject term and "slavery" as a keyword. This will return collections of sermons that address slavery.

Select Primary Source Collections from Tisch

Primary sources--such as original documents, essays, letters, diaries, interviews, works of art, and oral histories, can often be found collected in print volumes. Tisch Library has a wide array of print primary sources in its collection. Below is a sample of some of the resources that you can find but remember, this is only a sample, so use JumboSearch to find more or Ask a Librarian for help!

American Literature in Tisch Library

Literature contemporary to the time period you are studying can help you to understand the cultural context of religion and politics in America. Remember, this is only a sample, so use JumboSearch to find more or Ask a Librarian for help!