If you wish to publish materials from the Beloit College Archives collections, you must obtain written permission from the repository as well as from the appropriate copyright holders. This includes publishing to social media.
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A primary source document or collection is the “raw stuff” of history. Diaries, letters, newspapers, recordings and films provide an upfront, often revealing glimpse at a particular person, event or historical time period. When using primary source material, it is important to devise a sound research strategy. For instance, you may want to examine your document(s) closely, word by word, mining everything you can, or, if looking for general information or simply wanting to absorb the “flavor,” skimming may work best.
Say you visit an archive and without any background knowledge of the source, begin working with a travel diary from the early 1930s. After paging through and digesting the basic chronology and subject matter, what questions arise?