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Education: Primary Sources

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Children & Youth in History  offers sources about young people from around the world & across centuries, with a tremendously helpful guide to understanding & interpreting primary sources on children & youth.

Image: "Schoolchildren, Minidoka incarceration camp, Idaho, 1940s."

WOMEN'S EDUCATION

PRIMARY SOURCES BY ERA

Primary sources are original, uninterpreted information, such as firsthand accounts of events in letters, diaries, interviews, or historical news reportage.

Early America

19th Century U.S.

20th Century U.S.

Key Sources - All Eras

Special Topics for EDUC 312

In addition to the resources above, students in EDUC 312 may find these collections of primary sources helpful.

A FEW TIPS

Find a good secondary source, and work backwards. See what primary sources the author consulted, and search for them (you will probably find other relevant sources this way).

Think like an archivist. In archives, sources aren't organized by subject as they are in the library, but by the person, organization or group that created them. Start from what you know -- names of people, organizations, schools, or programs -- and do an internet search using that name plus a word like "papers" or "collection." Example: the Mary Lyon Collection 

Tips for finding primary sources from the Library at UC-Berkeley - Includes information about finding particular types of sources and searching with information you already have.

HATHI TRUST DIGITAL LIBRARY

HathiTrust contains millions of digital books, journals, government documents, and other volumes, all digitized from research libraries. The collection includes both public domain and in-copyright works across a full range of subjects.

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