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Political Management Guide

Primary Sources FAQ

How do I find resources in the Special Collections Research Center?

  • Check the catalog for your topic (if it's here the location will be Special Collections).
  • Check out our website with links to primary materials for various subjects.
  • Or better yet, make an appointment and speak with a librarian in Special Collections at (202) 994-7459 or

Why should I use primary sources?

  • Rewarding: Original documents often evoke a sense of time and place.
  • Scholarship: Primary sources are the raw data of history; working with them allows you to draw your own conclusions and contribute to original scholarship.

Primary Sources in Gelman Library Special Collections

The Special Collections Research Center at Gelman Library has the following collections relating to political management:

A complete listing of collections relating to politics is also available.


ArchiveGrid is a database where thousands of museums, libraries, and archives have contributed information about their collections, including catalog records and/or finding aids.  Researchers searching ArchiveGrid can learn about the many items in each of these collections, contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials, and order copies.

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