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What are primary sources?

Primary sources are documents that were recorded or written down at the time an event occurred. Primary sources can include diaries, letters, speeches, photographs, newspaper articles, government documents, and much more.  

To find primary sources that are part of materials owned at Macalester (and other libraries), you can use a keyword search in the library catalog adding selected terminology such as archives, correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, personal narratives, personnel records, or other phrases such as "records and correspondence," or "notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.

Resources In Macalester Library's Special Collections

  • Black Liberation Affairs Committee (BLAC) student organization records
  • Black House collections
  • Expanding Educational Opportunities (EEO) records
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs/ Department of Multicultural Life records
  • Photograph collections

You can view these collections by making an appointment with the special collections librarian.

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