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HIST 4433: Health and Disease in American Culture

What is a Primary Source?



Primary sources are materials that were produced during the period you are researching or by people who witnessed or were involved in events.


They include materials such as letters, diaries, speeches, company records, government documents, newspapers, films, photographs, artifacts, etc.

Recommended LMU Primary Source Collections

The following is a short list of primary resources recommended by Professor Bittel and LMU librarians. These are intended as starting points, not resources that will provide exhaustive primary sources on your topic. Consult a librarian as needed!

Archives & Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library

The Department of Archives and Special Collections houses a variety of rare and unique materials. The Department is located on the third floor of the William H. Hannon Library on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. Use of the department's materials is by appointment only, but visitors are welcome to visit the gallery space anytime during opperating hours. 

For information on making an appointment, please call 310.338.5710 or email and refer to the hours and rules of the Department.

How to cite primary sources