A primary source is a document or artifact written or created during a particular time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event. Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation. They are created by those experienced the events or conditions being documented. Primary sources include original documents, creative works, relics and artifacts; they can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later.
Locate obvious primary sources in the Colby Catalog by using an artist/author name and a term such as: sources, letters, autobiographies, diaries, or another term from the list below. The library also subscribes to many online primary resource collections: textual, media, visual, and music. The Skowhegan Lecture Archive, here at the Bixler Library, documents contemporary artists' lectures at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture from the late 1950s to the present.