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Definition, From UCLA's Institute on Primary Resources
Types of Resources:
Visual works and images: photographs, paintings, sculpture, graphic arts, posters, sheet music covers, posters, advertising, illustrations in period journals newspapers, etc.
Other creative works: musical works, audio, film, drama, novels, poetry, etc.
Original documents: autobiographies, diaries, interviews, lectures, letters, minutes, news accounts, speeches, official records, broadsides, oral histories, period maps, exhibition records and catalogs, period journals
Relics and period objects: furniture, clothing, jewelry, utensils, pottery, other utilitarian objects.
Primary Resources for American Art in the Colby Catalog
Search by AUTHOR, when doing an artist search, to bring up original works of authorhip, the artist's own writings, exhibition catalogs, etc.
Search by KEYWORD, using the artist's name AND terms like: Letter* Interview* Lecture* Memoir* Video* Autobiog* Source* Document* Catalog* Papers Archiv*
NOTE: Use the asterisk symbol * to bring up variant forms of a word