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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:
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:
Five College Archives & Manuscripts
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:
Using Primary Sources on the Web (American Library Association - Reference User Services Association)
Courses of study at Smith College focusing on primary sources: