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Research guide for students taking anthropology courses.

Primary Sources

Primary sources are records contemporary to a time or event. They may be written, spoken, visual, or physical and may have been created intentionally (government documents, records, oral histories, etc.) or unintentionally (letters, diaries, clothing, tools, buildings, etc.) and published or unpublished. Primary sources come in many forms, including:

  • Artifacts
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries, memoirs, and autobiographies
  • Government documents
  • Oral interviews
  • Pamphlets, brochures, and fliers
  • Photographs and maps
  • Statistical records
  • Wills and inventories
  • Zines

Primary Source Collections at Reed

Here is a sampling of some of Reed's primary source databases. 

Online Primary Source Collections