What are Primary Sources?
- "historical raw materials"
- "the leavings, the shards, the remnants of people who once lived and don't live anymore"
- "is material -- a document or other evidence -- that was created during the period or the event"
- "firsthand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation"
Types of Primary Sources
- "Written" documents
- Physical evidence/Cultural Artifacts
Written Documents - Public
- government documents
- newspapers and magazines
- "Women's Higher Education Leads to Divorce," Cleveland Journal, 1905.
- "Object to Women Bicyclists," New York Times, 1895.
- "Education for Women," New York Times, 1892
Written Documents - Private
- oral histories/interviews
- Oral history of Mae F. Holden Wheeler, University of Massachusetts class of 1916
- Oral histories of suffragists (Jesse Haver Butler and Miriam Allen deFord)
- business and organizational records
Physical Evidence/Cultural Artifacts
Primary Sources in the Library
- Books - reprinted collections of documents
- Second to None: A Documentary History of American Women, 1993
- Diaries of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1994
- Books - published during the period studied
- Tyee, 1901
- College Training for Women, 1897
- Micro-format (film, fiche, card)
- American Women's Diaries
- History of Women
- Margaret Sanger Papers, 1879-1966
- National Association of Colored Women's Clubs
- Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
- Newspapers & Magazines
- New York Times
- Good Housekeeping
Primary Sources on the Web
Theresa Mudrock, email@example.com
Jessica Albano, firstname.lastname@example.org