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Architecture & Design: Primary Sources in Special Collections: Primary Sources

This guide will help you find primary source material in the field of architecture and design.

What is a Primary Source?

 Primary sources are the raw materials of history. They are the original documents/creative works which contain or demonstrate the firsthand knowledge or experience of the creator(s) of an event or creative work.  Some examples of primary sources:

Artifacts (clothing, furniture, tools, buildings, paintings, artwork)
First–person accounts (including newspaper accounts)
Government publications (statistics, court reports)
Historical documents including maps
Internet resources (especially digitized versions of historical documents)
Lab reports

Draft copies of manuscripts



Correspondence (i.e. written or electronic letters, email)

Official government or corporate papers
Audio Recordings (e.g. radio programs, speeches, oral histories, music)

Film/Video/Digital Visual Recordings

Kentucky Sources

Looking for Kentucky materials?

Check out the rich resources contained in the Kentucky Digital Library. Part of the Kentucky Virtual Library, the KDL provides online finding aids and digitized material from archival collections across the state of Kentucky.

Needing something specifically focused on the University of Kentucky?  Explore UK includes many images from UK's history as well as athletics archives and student yearbooks.