How do I find the primary sources I need?
When you search for primary sources, you'll need special skills.
Some sources may be at other libraries or archives. The vast majority of primary sources in the world are not available online and likely never will be, so keep in mind that you may need to contact repositories directly.
The WSU Libraries subscribes to databases with primary source materials from around the world.
Note: You may be prompted to login using your Access ID and Password.
Universities and libraries all over the world have primary sources. Some of the tools below can help you find other repositories.
WSULS Special Collections serves as a repository for materials regarding the history and development of children's literature; African American literature and culture; Detroit and Michigan history, art and literature; the sciences, including medicine and nursing; Judaica; and historical Michigan law.
Most Special Collections materials do not circulate (leave the library). Users may consult materials in the Richard and Dr. Candace Beutell Gardner Special Collections and Rare Book Room. Because our material is housed offsite, please contact us with your request before visiting.
Gardner Special Collections and Rare Book Room, Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
5401 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
The Walter P. Reuther Library Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, located on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit, contains millions of primary source documents related to the history of the labor movement, urban affairs, and the Wayne State University Archives. The building is named for UAW President and Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) President Walter Reuther.
Monday-Friday: 9:30:am-noon; 1-3:30pm
5401 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI
Appointments: Reference Archivist