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Module 1: What are primary sources?

Examples of primary sources:
Ephemera

Ephemera are generally things that are printed for a specific occasion or purpose and aren’t meant to last after their original use. Examples are: theatre programs, posters for events, ticket stubs, political leaflets, and bumper stickers.

Even though they were originally produced to have a short life span, ephemera that are preserved in archives are still very valuable for learning about the past, because they can provide information about planned cultural and political events.

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Poster: Habits of a Colonial Heart: The Affective Grid of Racial Politics

This poster advertises a lecture scheduled for March 13, 2003. (Click to enlarge image).

Graduate Symposium on Women’s and Gender History
Record Series 15/13/73

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