Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania

This section has been subdivided into four regional categories with an indication of the kinds of primary resources represented within that subdivision. Time coverage is from the Renaissance to the present. Included are also individual examples from each subcategory that are of particular interest. Check the catolog to find the item's location (Title Search).

Americas (excludes US) Africa            Asia            Oceania       


Latin America (General)

Exploration & Conquest
Travel narratives, eye-witness accounts, correspondence.

1) Relation of the discovery and conquest of the kingdoms of Peru (1522-48) 2) The rediscovery of New Mexico, 1580-1594  3) 1) Fernando Cortes, his five letters of relation to the Emperor Charles V (1519-1526)  4) Broken spears; the Aztec account of the conquest of Mexico

Colonial Latin America
Memoirs, political writings, government documents.

1) Spanish Colonie. (1583, Casas, Bartolome de las). 2) Forgotten frontiers; a study of the Spanish Indian policy of Don Juan Bautista de Anza, governor of New mexico, 1777-1787 from the original documents. 3) Colonial Spanish America:  a documentary history. 4) Selected writings of Bolivar

Spanish Language Materials
Limited selection, see below examples

1) Seleccion de las leyes de Indias: referenctes a descubrimeinetos, colonizacion, pacificaciones, incremento de la riqueza, de la beneficencia y de la cultura, en los paises de ultramar  2) Cartas del Libertador: tomo XI, 1802 a 1830

Individual Countries

Letters, narratives, government documents, etc. relating to colonial Canada.

1) Reports and letters, 1836-1838, of Herbert Beaver, chaplain to the Hudson’s Bay Company and missionary to the Indians at Fort Vancouver. 2) Dreams of Empire: Canada before 1700. 3) Jesuits. Letters from Missions (North America). 4) Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada: a collection of documents. 5) Documents relating to the early history of the Hudson Bay   6) British Parliamentary Papers (relating to the Canadian colonies). 7) The Jesuit relations and allied documents : travels and explorations of the Jesuit missionaries in New France, 1610-1791 / the original French, Latin, and Italian texts, with English translations and notes. 8) Lord Minto's Canadian papers : a selection of the public and private papers of the Fourth Earl of Minto 1898-1904.

Personal accounts, memoirs and diaries.

1)  Fragments of the Mexican Revolution: personal accounts from the border 2) Memoirs of Pancho Villa

Personal accounts, governmetn documents, memoirs and diaries.

1) Episodes of the Cuban Revolutionary War, 1956-58 (Che Guevara) 2) Voices of resistance: testimonies of Cuban and Chilean women 3)  Fidel Castro Speeches (2 Vols.)  4) Bay of Pigs declassified: the secret CIA report on the invasion of Cuba


Complete Bolivian Diaries of Che Guevara and other captured documents.


Middle East
Policy documents on US-Arab Relations, US diplomatic documents relating to the region and individual countries.

1) Gulf Cooperation Council : record and analysis.

Persian Gulf War
Memoirs, Document Collection {2}

Israel & Jewish History
General History of Israel
General anthologies, autobiographies of political and military leaders

Palestine under British Colonial Rule
Policy documents

1) Survey of Palestine, prepared in December 1945 and January 1946 for the information of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry 2) Palestine Mandate: Collected United States Documents relating to the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine. 3) Psychological Warfare and Propaganda: Irgun Documentation (Jewish Underground).

Arab-Jewish Conflict
Various document collections

1) Speaking Stones: Communiqués from the Intifada Underground.

Correspondence, personal narratives & diaries (mainly Central and Eastern Europe). See also 'Holocaust' under 'Europe (General)'.

1) Chronicle of the Lódz ghetto, 1941-1944. (Pers. Narratives)

19th Century Armenia and Armenian Genocide
Oral histories, policy documents.

1) Survivors: An Oral History of the Armenian Genocide. 2) British Documents on Ottoman Armenians (covering 1856-1895; 4 Vols.).

British Colonial Rule
Selected document collections, microfiche{2}.

Anti-Colonial Movement and Independence
General collections, Political Leaders - writings, memoirs.

1)Selected Works of Jawaharlal Nehru (24 Vols.). 2) Gandhi's Emissary.

19th Century China

1) Western Reports on the Taiping: A Selection of Documents (Taiping Rebellion 1850-1864)

People’s Republic
Multi-volume sets with various (official) political documents – 1949 to the eighties. Political leaders – writings and speeches.

Sino-Soviet Dispute
Two document collections

1989 Uprising
Government documents, non-government documents, personal accounts.

1) Tiananmen Papers

Memoirs, government documents (mainly late 19th Century). Hiroshima: debate and diaries.

1) Japan Expedition, 1852-1854; the personal journal of Commodore Matthew C. Perry. 2) Diary of Kido Takayoshi (3 Vols.) [1868 - 1877]. 3) Diplomacy of Japan 1894 -1922 (3 Vols.). 4) Hiroshima Diary; the journal of a Japanese physician, August 6-September 30, 1945. 5) The Enola Gay Debate : August 1993-May 1995 (newspaper article reprints, 3 Vols.). 5) Trial of Japanese War Criminals: Documents (includes the opening statement by Joseph B. Keenan (chief of counsel), the Charter of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East and the Indictments).  6) Japanese Peace Conference, San Francisco, September 4-8, 1951 (record of proceedings).

Korean War
Personal narratives & memoirs, correspondence, war journals.

Vietnamese Conflict
Extensive collection: Personal narratives (mainly from US soldiers, but also three from North Vietnamese & Vietcong participants), eyewitness accounts, official government documents (US), photo documentaries, army reports, accounts and narratives of war objectors.

1) Dellums Committee Hearings on War Crimes in Vietnam. 2) Lyndon B. Johnson’s Vietnam Papers. 3) Secret Diplomacy of the Vietnam War: The Negotiating Volumes of the Pentagon Papers. 4) Winter Soldiers: an Oral History of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

Khmer Rouge
Personal narratives & memoirs {3}

Colonial Lebanon and early Independence
Government document collection

1) Political History of Lebanon, 1920-1950 (4 Vols.). (Oversize)


General History for Oceania
General anthologies for Austrialia and New Zealand, Maori-European encounter.

1) Speeches and Documents on New Zealand History. 2) Between Worlds: Early Exchanges between Maori and Europeans, 1773-1815. 3) Eye-witness. Selected documents from Australia's past. 4) Voyage to New Guinea and the Moluccas, 1774- 1776.


General African History
Colonialism & Early Independence
Government documents of the colonial powers and of independent African countries, personal narratives, journals. British West Africa, Slavery & Freed Slaves.

1) British policy towards West Africa: select documents 1786-1874. 2) Africa Remembered: Narratives by West Africans from the Era of the Slave Trade 3) Slaves no more: Letters from Liberia 1833-1869 4) In Relief of Gordon: Lord Wolseley's campaign journal by the Khartoum Relief Expedition, 1884-1885. 5) Ethiopia (3 Vols.) (Government Documents, political statements – to mid ‘70s) 6) Crisis and Conflict in Nigeria: A documentary sourcebook (2 Vols.) 7) Zimbabwe Independence Movements: Select documents.

South Africa
General History of South Africa
General anthologies.

1) From Protest to Challenge: a documentary history of African politics in South Africa, 1882-1964 (4 Vols.)

Boer War
Numerous personal narratives and war journals.

1) Selections from the Smut Papers (7 Vols.)

Apartheid, Post-Apartheid
Government documents, speeches and memoirs

1) Mandela, Tambo, and The African National Congress: The Struggle against Apartheid 1948 – 1990. 2) The struggle is my life : his speeches and writings brought together with historical documents and accounts of Mandela in prison by fellow- prisoners (Mandela). 3) Truth & Reconciliation Commission Report (5 Vols.)