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.
"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: