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"Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation. They are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented. Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later. Primary sources are characterized by their content, regardless of whether they are available in original format, in microfilm/microfiche, in digital format, or in published format."
Primary Resources from the Colby College Libraries
Whistler on Art by Nigel Thorp (Editor, Introduction by); James McNeill Whistler
Publication Date: 1994-12-17
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. Colby's Special Collections provides a wealth of materials relating specifically to the College and other literary and historical collecitons.
art works, illustrations, prints
newspapers or articles of the time period being researched
original works for performance (film, drama or musical theater/opera playscript or libretto, dance, theater /stage designs)
original works of music (music score, sound recording)
original works of literature (poetry, drama, fiction, etc.)
oral histories / transcripts
Related book title
Scrapbooks: An American History by Jessica Helfand
Call Number: ART TR465 .H445 2008
Publication Date: 2008-11-03
Combining pictures, words, and a wealth of personal ephemera, scrapbook makers preserve on the pages of their books a moment, a day, or a lifetime. Highly subjective and rich in emotional content, the scrapbook is a unique and often quirky form of expression in which a person gathers and arranges meaningful materials to create a personal narrative. Jessica Helfand, a graphic designer and scrapbook collector, examines the evolution of scrapbooks from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present, concentrating on the first half of the twentieth century. She includes color photographs from more than two hundred scrapbooks, some made by private individuals and others by the famous, including Zelda Fitzgerald, Lillian Hellman, Anne Sexton, Hilda Doolittle, and Carl Van Vechten.