Primary sources are original, uninterpreted information. Scholars analyze primary sources in order to answer research questions. Examples of primary sources vary by discipline.
Examples in the social sciences:
The Archives & Special Collections is located on the second floor of the Collins Memorial Library.
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The Archives & Special Collections collects, preserves, and makes available primary source material documenting life at the University as well as collections representing regional, national and international issues.
A small selection of material is listed below, for additional sources, please contact email@example.com.
The John D. Regester Collection on Albert Schweitzer, 1924-1974, documents Regester's research on Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), a medical missionary, philosopher, and Nobel Peace Prize winner (1952) who operated a hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon, for 45 years.
The Archives & Special Collections holds a wide variety of primary source material, a small portion of photographs and historical documents are available online. You can also browse archival and manuscript collections as well as rare books and artists' books (limit the search location on the left to Archives & Special Collections).
Selecting an appropriate primary source is dependent on the context of your research. Examples of primary sources include manuscripts, photos, recordings, datasets, or field notes.
These are a few examples of collections of primary resources: