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Module 1: What are primary sources?

Examples of primary sources:
Personal records

Sometimes people leave a personal record of events in which they have taken part or that they have witnessed. Examples of these are letters, emails, diaries, photographs and daily planners.

Personal records also include things like student identification cards and drivers’ licenses.

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dance card

Dance cards, in which people kept a record of their dance partners at various social events, could be considered a type of personal record. (Click for larger image).

Student Scrapbooks and Papers
Alan Hicks Papers, 1939-43
Record Series 41/20/130

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