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Module 1: What are primary sources?

Examples of primary sources:
Literary manuscripts

Novelists, screenwriters, playwrights, poets, and other writers often have original manuscripts included in their personal papers. These are the handwritten, typed, or word-processed versions of novels, stories, poems, scripts, articles and books as originally produced by these authors, often in multiple drafts or with scribbles and edits.

Some such manuscripts have been subsequently published or produced in some edited form, while others may never have seen the light of day.


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poem manuscript

This is a manuscript of a poem written by Stuart Sherman, c. 1923. Sherman, an associate professor of English, was active in the American literary scene throughout the 1920s. (Click to enlarge image).

David Kinley (1920-1930)
Stuart Sherman – Literary Standards Correspondence, 1923-24
Record Series 2/6/22


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