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Historical Primary Sources: Home

Lists primary source collections at Miami as well as how to find, use, and evaluate them.

Definition of Primary Source

Primary Sources are the raw data directly associated with their producer or user and the time period in which they were created. Examples include:

  • Public Records -- government documents, , court records, wills, tax records
  • Offfical Records -- for the operation of governments, such as laws and legislation
  • Personal Documents -- diaries, letters, email, correspondence, oral histories, household managment records
  • Artifacts and Relics --the material culture of life; furniture, tools, machines, clothing
  • Organizational Records -- all organizations keep some form of financial documents and minutes, among other records; businesses, charities, civic clubs
  • Images -- photographs, posters, paintings, engravings, icons,
  • Architecture, City Plans, and Maps -- how neighborhoods change, cities develop, landscape changes
  • Media -- television news, newspapers, broadsides
  • Literary Texts -- text of a novel, essay, poem, play, short story, religious work

Your Librarian

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Jenny Presnell
Contact:
204 King Library

(513) 529-3937
presnejl@miamioh.edu
History, Political Science, American Studies, Government Documents and Law, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Office Hours
Mondays 1:30-3:00 Harrison 114
Tuesdays 1:30-3:00 Upham Hall, History Department Office