Five College Collections
Search over 1,500 finding aids (or inventories) describing the archives and manuscripts found at the Five Colleges.
Those less familiar with archival research may start with the Five College Archives & Manuscripts Primary Source Research Guide:
What is a Primary Source?
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A primary source is a record of an event, an occurrence, or a time period produced by a participant or observer at the time. Typically, primary sources include:
- unique documents or manuscripts (letters, diaries, journals, writings, speeches, photographs, scrapbooks, etc.)
- historic records of an organization (correspondence, memoranda, minutes, annual reports, etc.).
- government documents & maps
- artwork & artifacts
- music & audiovisual materials (film, audio and video tape)
- electronic computer files
Primary sources are often found housed in archival collections. See the Collections at Smith tab of this guide.
They can also be found in published forms, such as newspapers, magazine articles, pamphlets and other printed materials produced during the time period under study. Often they have been digitized and are available online. See:
- Books & More (broadsides, pamphlets, government documents and ephmera)
- Magazines, Journals, Newspapers
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Hillyer Art Library
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Young Science Library
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