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THEA 390: Costume, Fashion, and Cultural Studies

A guide to research for costume design.

Primary Sources online

Primary sources are sources that are a product of the time in which they were created, and serve as original sources of information about a topic or time period. They can include first-person accounts of events (diaries, photographs, interviews) or historical documents (newspapers, reports, etc.). 

Primary sources are often found in archives and special collections. We do have several primary source databases available via our Libraries that offer an online way to search through some of these collections:

Additionally, the Digital Public Library of America offers a (free) way to search across the collections of many libraries, museums, and archives in the United States: