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Primary Sources: Examples of Primary Source Documents

A guide to assist you with defining and finding primary sources

The Tampa Tribune (December 7, 1897)

Take a close look at the Tampa Trib: there were major traffic accidents even back in 1897.

Find more Florida newspapers at the Florida Digital Newspaper Library (UF)

1978 Moroccan

You can view all of the past volumes of the Moroccan, as well as the Minaret and other UT Journals online.

19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women's Right to Vote

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Where can you find digital copies of documents like the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the letters of the Founding Fathers (and Mothers!)? Go to the National Archives site and explore.

Bois de M. Janco, Marcel Janco, 1918, Color woodcut on paper

ARTstor has thousands of digitized artworks.

Why use ARTstor? Sometimes in a Google image search you don't get an accurate representation of the work. Who is taking the photo and from where? Why does one photo of a painting look greenish and another reddish? Most importantly, you may not get the right information from whatever website you are taking the image from (inaccurate title, date, museum, etc.)

The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley

Primary Sources are not necessarily "old." Works of literature, in any edition, are primary sources. Search the Online Catalog to see if the library has your favorite book.

RM666.P48 H9 2004 - Main

FBI Files on Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, and Santo Trafficante, Jr.

Studying Criminology? The library has access to the FBI Files of gangsters and criminals via Archives Unbound, Charles "Lucky" Luciano, NY 62-8768, 1. February 21st, 1946. FBI Files on Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, and Santo Trafficante, Jr.. James Forman Library, Department of Special Collections and Archives, Queens College, City University of New York. Archives Unbound.

The physical reality of light-quanta by Max Planck, Ph.D.

Journal of the Franklin Institute
Volume 204, Issue 1, July 1927, Pages 13–18
Primary research articles are accessed through the databases and in the library's print holdings. To access articles by Max Planck, the famous German theoretical physicist, try going to Science Direct and searching his name.

Stravinsky's Le Rossignol

Harvard University has a Digital Scores and Libretti Collection