For history students, primary sources are materials that were produced during the period you are researching or by people who witnessed or were involved in events. What constitutes a primary source may depend on the context in which you use it. For example, Winston Churchill's A History of the English-Speaking Peoples would be a secondary source if you were studying the history of England but a primary source if you were studying the life and writings of Churchill. Thus, many types of materials can be used as primary sources, but you will generally want to look for things like letters, diaries, speeches, company records, government documents, newspapers, films, photographs, artifacts, etc.
Some of the specific collections that are part of Special Collections at Bloomsburg Library:
To search for sources in Special Collections:
A number of the indexes and finding aids to Bloomsburg's archival holdings are paper-based and must be consulted on the 3rd floor Special Collections of Harvey A. Andurss Library.
To find documents in special collections:
* Go to Primo, Online Catalog
* Under Search Limits, change location: "Special Collections" (from the drop down list).
* Go back to search screen and enter your search term(s), like "football," and click Search Catalog.
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