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HIST 040: Comparative Women's History: Primary Sources

A guide for students in HIST040 designed to help with final paper assignments

What is a Primary Source?

A primary source is a source of information that was created at the time under study by someone who had first-hand knowledge of the people, places, and/or events being discussed. Examples include:

  • Diaries
  • Newspapers
  • Memoirs
  • Government reports/documents
  • Correspondence


Primary Source Databases

Archives @ Yale

There are a number of archival collections that may help with your projects. Most are housed at Manuscripts and Archives in Sterling Memorial Library or at the Beinecke Library. Special collections can be searched through the new Archives@Yale catalog.