Firsthand accounts can be found in diaries, memoirs, letters, speeches,
autobiographies, scholarly articles giving the results of research, etc.
Documents might be laws, treaties, transcripts of hearings, court cases,
To find these in the Library Catalog:
Speeches, letters, journals, diaries, etc. of an individual may be found by looking for the name of that person as an author.
Books which are collections of personal stories or reminiscences of an event are listed under the event with the subdivision PERSONAL NARRATIVES. Because it is difficult to get the subject heading exactly right, it is easiest to use keyword.
Books which are collections of various documents from a particular country are entered under the country name with the subdivision HISTORY perhaps a time designation is next, then the subdivision SOURCES.
Because these are complicated, you can add sources to a keyword search.
Use the S: to have your search term found in the subject field.
Take a look at some of the microform primary source collections available in Pickler Memorial Library
Other examples of primary sources including travel writings:
An account of the native Africans in the neighbourhood of Sierra Leone by Thomas Winterbottom - General Collection - DT516.42 .W53 1969
British Policy Towards West Africa : select documents - General Collection DT502 .B74 1992
Documents from the African Past - General Collection DT1 .D55 2001
Colonial Discourses, Series One: Women, Travel & Empire, 1660-1914 - Microfilm PN 6071 W72 C64 1998
Maiden voyages : Writings of Women Travelers - General Collection G465 .M336 1993
Travels in West Africa by Mary H. Kingsley - General Collection DT472 .K53 2003
Janet Romine, Reference Librarian for History