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Module 1: What are primary sources?

Examples of primary sources: Artifacts

Artifacts are human-made or human-designed objects that can be used to understand something about the people, institutions, or cultures of the past.

For example, if you want to know about the cars of the 1950s, you may want to examine the cars themselves. Other examples are coins, items of clothing, tools, commemorative plaques, and furniture.

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eyeglasses with tag

These eyeglasses, or pince nez (French for "pinch nose"), are among the Artifacts collection at the Student Life and Culture Archives center. The tag indicates that these spectacles go with record series 26/20/27. However, all artifacts in the Archives are stored together, so if you're interested in artifacts, go to the Student Life and Culture Archives and ask to see a list of all of the artifacts available.

Artifacts, Box 4

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