Primary sources are the raw materials of research.
The types of materials can include items such as manuscripts, documents, diaries, letters; audio and visual media such as photographs, sketches, recordings of interviews; and physical objects (artifacts of material culture) such as tools, utensils, pots, clothes, quilts.
The other categories of sources:
Secondary Sources are the original published writings that analyze and interpret primary sources, typically, books and articles in magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, and professional and trade journals.
Tertiary Sources are publications that summarize or, in other ways, present the information found in secondary sources. These include textbooks, encyclopedias and other reference resources.
Any item can be a primary source, if it is the object being studied; it depends on your perspective, that is how you see it and use it in the context of a research study.
A secondary or tertiary source may be used as a primary source; for example, if you are doing research on how newspaper articles are written, than a newspaper article is your primary source.
Many primary sources are reproduced and reprinted in books that are available in libraries and many are digitized and available online.
The Culinary Institute of America's Archives and Special Collections collects materials related to the history of the college, a world-renowned collection of over 30,000 historical menus, culinary-related rare books, historical recipe pamphlets, and much more! Housed on the main floor of the Conrad N. Hilton Library, the Archives and Special Collections are open to faculty, staff and students, as well as to outside visitors and researchers.
If you are interested in learning more about the Archives or locating a specific item please contact Nicole Semenchuk.
Using the Advanced Search in the Library Catalog, search your topic and add the Subject Sources to find books that contain reproductions of primary source documents. (see screen shot)
To find original or reprinted books published before 1800, use the Subject Early works to 1800
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