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 activity will give you an opportunity to (1) practice analyzing a primary source document and (2) contextualize it using tertiary source research.
Working with a partner, read your assigned document and respond to the following questions, keeping in mind the goals and themes of this course. As you read, take notes on our class Google Doc.
"Ida," a member of the Gay Liberation Front and the Lavender Menace, 1970. Photograph by Diana Davies. NYPL, Manuscripts and Archives Division, Diana Davies Papers. Copyright Diana Davies. Digital ID: 1582182
After you have spent some time independently analyzing your primary document, use any 2 of the following tertiary sources to seek out additional background information and reflect on the following questions: