Answered By: Jessica Maris
Last Updated: Jul 15, 2024     Views: 2567

Primary sources are records created at the time of an event or experience, or as told by people who were present at the event such as:

  • letters
  • diaries
  • government documents
  • photographs
  • oral histories
  • artifacts
  • films
  • works of literature
  • maps
The library has a guide with recommendations on how to find primary source documents for your research.  It includes recommendations on the best databases to search to find these documents.  Click on the Tips for Finding Primary Sources link below to see the guide.
The guide mentions the database Gale Primary Sources.  I did a search in it for John Pierpont Morgan and got three results.  Click here to scroll through them.  You can click on the hyperlinked title to view the document.
The Salem online eBook Defining Documents in American History: Dissent and Protest contains an address by Huey Long entitled "Share Our Wealth" that makes reference to John Pierpont Morgan.
You can also do a search in OneSearch, our online catalog, for "John Pierpont Morgan" to see what you can find.  To find a primary source in OneSearch, you can do an advanced search and search "John Pierpont Morgan" and select the Author field.  This will tell OneSearch to look for any entries where John Pierpont Morgan is the author.  There are several reference entries that come up with quotes of John Pierpont Morgan contained in a Book of Quotations.
The American History library guide is also linked below.  You will find a Primary Sources tab on that guide that provides access to several books that would contain primary sources.  You can check each of those for references to John Pierpont Morgan as well. 

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