You can use CLIO (the library catalog and search page for Barnard and Columbia Libraries) to search for sources that you might consider to be life writing. CLIO is particularly useful for finding published sources, but you can also use CLIO to find many unpublished texts within Barnard and Columbia's Archives and Special Collections (see Archives tab for more on this).
The CLIO Catalog contains over 7 million records of items held by the Columbia and Barnard libraries, among them books, ebooks, newspaper and journal titles, video recordings, musical scores, and maps.
The CLIO Articles+ search is different from the catalog search. You can think of it as mostly searching for parts to a whole: articles from journals, newspapers, encyclopedias, and magazines come up in the results. Occasionally, the Articles+ search also includes ebooks and government documents.
As you begin a search in CLIO, you might consider the following approaches: