Primary sources are the raw materials of research - original, uninterpreted information or evidence of the topic you are investigating. A primary source on its own is likely only a snippet or snapshot of the full picture; thus it is often difficult to interpret without additional context. The following group activity will give you an opportunity to (1) practice analyzing primary source documents from the Archives of Sexuality & Gender and (2) contextualize them using tertiary source research.
CW: These are historical documents that often reflect attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times and necessarily engage with sexism, homophobia, and adjacent themes. Some sources may include nudity, strong (uncomfortable, offensive, or oppressive) language, outdated terminology, or address difficult issues.
Explore the documents in your group's set and respond to the following questions, keeping in mind the goals and themes of this course.
The resources and tools below provide access to additional primary sources at Collins Library and beyond. You can find more primary sources, as well as links to websites and digital collections on the Gender & Queer Studies Subject Guide.
This subject guide highlights only a small portion of the many resources available to you. If you're not finding what you need, don't hesitate to contact Katy!