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History: Primary Sources

SPOTLIGHT: ARCHIVES UNBOUND

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Spotlight: HeritageQuest Online

Image result for heritagequest online image HeritageQuest offers the complete set of U.S. Census records, 1790-1940, plus over 25,000 family and local histories, and genealogical data, available courtesy of the Boston Public Library using the BPL eCard - get an eCard

FINDING PRIMARY SOURCES

Primary sources are original, uninterpreted information, such as firsthand accounts of events in letters, diaries, interviews, or historical news reportage; original works of fiction, art, or music; research data; testimony, speeches, etc. Visit Special Collections to use some original texts in print or manuscript.

Questions?  Don't know where to start?  Want advice on research strategies?  I'm happy to meet with you -- see contact info at right!


The American Historical Association has put together this page on finding and evaluating archival resources that can be a good start for your search!

Digitized Books Online

SPOTLIGHT: ARCHIVES FINDING TOOL

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Online Exhibits

There are many online exhibits of digitized archival resources.  Use this tool from the Smithsonian Libraries to browse some!