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Guide with various resources for literature, literary criticism, and more

Archives & Special Collections

Artifacts and items from a specific time are often grouped together in collections called archives. These archives are primary source materials which can shape our understanding of literature. Many libraries, museums, and organizations have digitized their collections in order to make them more accessible to all. Below are some examples that may help you gain context about the time period(s) in which a piece of literature takes place or was written. 

Online Book/Text Collections

Newspapers Online

Library Digital Collections

College & University Libraries

Public Libraries, Museums, & Community Archives

State, National, & International Collections

State Collections

National Collections

International Collections