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HIST 243: Atlantic Cultures-History of African Diaspora (BMC)

HIST 243: Atlantic Cultures - History of African Diaspora. Professor Laurent-Perrault. (Fall 2015)

Printed Primary Sources

Primary sources can take many different forms.  Letters, accounts and other kinds of documents written at the time of an event or era allow a nuanced and detailed understanding of historical issues.  Material below explains ways to locate primary sources in Tripod and Worldcat.  To find additional primary sources, historical studies in books and journal articles will often offer the best recommendations. Check footnotes and bibliographies for references to specific titles.

Finding Primary Sources 

Primary source translations that are in the Tricollege libraries will often be listed in Tripod under subject words combined with such terms as  "sources"  "early works to 1800"  "correspondence"  "interviews"  or  "personal narratives"    For example, the search Subject:latin america sources AND Keyword:colon* produces books including:

Images as Primary Sources


File:Cabrera Pintura de Castas.jpg

 Miguel Cabrera, Casta painting of a couple 

with their children (circa 1763) (Wikimedia Commons)



For more casta paintings, see the website Constructing Race with Images