I need primary resources relating to the boycott of the 1980 Olympics.

This guide will tell you how to get newspaper articles: http://guides.library.harvard.edu/news.  Periodical articles written in 1980 can be searched in Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982).You can find articles from sports periodicals from 1980 at the LA84 Foundation Library  http://www.la84.org/knowledge/

For a Russian perspective use these e-resource: East View Universal Databases

Search The American Presidency Project for Jimmy Carter's statements on the boycott.

Some declassified material on the 1980 Olympics can be found here: https://unredacted.com/2014/02/14/declassified-documents-shed-light-on-1980-moscow-olympics-boycott/

Youtube has some TV broadcasts from 1980 such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7bEdc5uivI

This page has some official reports:  https://www.olympic.org/moscow-1980

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