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Letters, Diaries, Personal Papers, etc.
The resources listed here are not the only ones available. Many others are in print or microform and can be found by searching library catalogs, like CMU's library catalog, or Worldcat, a database of library holding thoughout the world (though mainly U. S.). Use some of these terms combined with your topic:
women and diaries
"world war 1939-1945" and "personal narratives"
Browse collections by date, topic, etc. American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. The collections cover a wide variety of topics.