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In the First Person

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Alexander Street Press
Alexander Street Press
1500s to the present

In the First Person is an index to nearly 4,000 collections of English-language personal narratives from around the world. The narratives include letters, diaries and oral histories.  The full text of many of the documents is available and for others there is a bibliographic citation to the source.  Some results link to websites. The narratives are those of individuals from all walks of life. Search for example WPA and among the results is: Document of Sanders, Viola Brown, 1921- 12-Aug-1999 in Mississippi Oral History Project, with the text of her interview.

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Savonius-Wroth, Celestina
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IUB Library Subjects:
  • American Studies
  • History
  • English and American Language and Literature

Library of Congress Subjects:

History -- Sources.
History -- Sources -- Indexes.
Letters -- Indexes.
Diaries -- Indexes.
Oral history.
Oral history -- Indexes.