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HIST 214: Pacific Northwest History, Tracy Lai: Archives & Primary Sources

This research guide provides tutorials, resource lists, tips, and links for doing research in HIS214, Pacific Northwest History.

Primary Sources Defined

In the study of history as an academic discipline, a primary source (also called original source or evidence) is an artifact, a document, a recording, or other source of information that was created at the time under study.

--Wikipedia

Online Primary Sources

Additional Northwest Archives

Archives house collections of primary documents used for historical research.

Tips for finding relevant archives:

  • Check the lists of archives below.
  • Think about your topic's geographical connections and think about where archive collections might be located nearby. Remember that most universities, city libraries, museums, and government agencies contain archives of some kind.
  • Try Google. Conduct keyword searches for your topic.  For example, you could search for archives AND Alaska Yukon exposition to find archives for this event.

What is an Archive?