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Primary Resources : A Guide to Digitized and Print Collections: Welcome

An introduction to primary resources at Colby and a listing of electronic packages of historical digitized content available to current Colby faculty, staff, and students.


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The Colby College Libraries offer numerous large collections of digitized primary source content for the use in faculty, staff, and student research.  Included are digitized newspaper content, periodicals from previous centuries, early books, pamphlets, broadsides, images, magazines, government documents, transcribed speeches, sermons, travelogues, etc., relating to all parts of the world and time periods from the 15th century forward.

The library's physical collections also contain primary sources, in the form of autobiographies, interviews, collections of letters, diaries, scrapbooks, facsimiles, etc. 

The majority of these materials span and relate to many interdisciplinary topics; this guide is an attempt to gather the content and provide a rudimentary categorization by time period. Many of the resources relating to specific subject matter may also be included in specific subject guides

As new material is acquired, the guide will be updated.

Please note this includes mainly subscribed, or purchased content.  The Libraries offer many forms of primary materials, many of which are the actual artifacts.  Please consult with a librarian to explore how primary materials can be used in the classroom, for assignments, and student scholarship.


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