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Waidner-Spahr Library

Primary Sources: Finding Primary Sources in the Dickinson College Archives and Other Archives

Primary Sources in the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections

The Archives and Special Collections Department houses a variety of primary source material in both published and unpublished formats.

Published materials, such as books, pamphlets, journals, and newpapers, can be found using the Library Catalog, as described above.

Unpublished materials include items such as letters, diaries, photographs, and artifacts. These items are not listed in the Library Catalog. The best way to find unpublished primary sources in the Archives and Special Collections is to contact a member of the staff in the department.

To see when the Archives is open, please visit their website.

You may contact the Archives at archives@dickinson.edu or at 245-1399.

Primary Sources in Other Archives (Historical Societies, etc.)

There are a variety of online tools that you can use to find primary sources in archives beyond Dickinson College. These guides are useful as a starting point. It is always a good idea to contact an archivist about your research topic if you think they might have resources relevant to your topic. Archivists know their collections very well and can often point you to materials that would not be apparent from a database or internet search.

For a more comphrensive list consult the Primary Source Timeline tab on this guide.