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Women's and Gender Studies

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What is a Primary Source?

The "Library of Congress, repository of more primary source collections and more primary source expertise than any other institution in the world… [says]:

Primary sources are original items or records that have survived from the past, such as clothing, letters, photographs, and manuscripts. They were part of a direct personal experience of a time or event.

Other cultural institutions may offer variations on the Library of Congress definition, but all of them list some combination of the following:

  • A record created at the time a historical event occurred.
  • An event described or recorded by someone who either participated in or witnessed it.
  • Information derived from a direct participant.
  • An object created as part of daily life.
  • An artifact or record of its time."

Johnson, Mary. (2009). Primary Source Teaching the Web 2.0 Way. Linwood Publishing, Inc. Worthington, Ohio.

If you need help finding primary sources, please contact the Women's and Gender Studies Librarian, Julie Leuzinger.

Primary Source Discovery

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