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HA 192AC Folk Art in America: Finding Primary Sources

A guide to resources for Prof. Lovell's Spring 2020 seminar.

Recommended databases with primary source material

Types of Primary Sources

Published and Manuscript:  books, memoirs, letters, interviews, autobiographies, diaries, records of organizations, speeches

Articles - magazines, newspapers; newspapers by title, by city, by subject

Images and Sound - photographs, images, audio recordings, videos and DVDs, cartoons, advertisements

Primary Sources - Published and Manuscript

Books from the time period you're writing about

Memoirs, letters, interviews, autobiographies, diaries

  • Search the library catalogs:   OskiCat or MELVYL  (about) for the name of an individual as an author (last name, first name)
  • If you do not have the name of an individual, search the OskiCat or MELVYL by  topic and add the appropriate subject terms to the subject heading:

    -Correspondence
    -Diaries
    -Interviews
    -Personal narratives

Records of or materials published by an organization

  • Search the library catalogs:   OskiCat or MELVYL  (about)  by the name of the organization as author

 

Speeches

  • Search the library catalogs:   OskiCat or MELVYL  (about) by subject keywords: speeches indexes to find reference books that list individual speeches

 

Primary Sources - Articles

Magazine or journal article from the time period you're writing about:

  • Use an article database to locate the citations (title, author, name of the magazine/newspaper, date, volume, page numbers) of relevant articles.
    • if available, use UC e-links to find the library location of the magazine/newspaper title
    • or search to find the library location of the magazine/newspaper title

Newspaper article from the time period you're writing about - for a specific event or date

  • Use a newspaper database to locate the citations (title, author, name of the newspaper, date, volume, page numbers) of relevant articles

Specific newspaper or magazine title (example: Chicago Defender)

Newspaper titles by city or by subject

  • Search the library catalogs:   OskiCat or MELVYL  (about) using subject headings and add the additional subject term: -newspapers (ex: subject keywords african americans los angeles newspapers)
  • Search the California Newspaper Project database (click on "Search the CNP") for newspaper titles located at libraries throughout California. You may search by city, years, title, etc.

Primary Sources - Images and Sound

Photographs and Images

  • Search the library catalogs:   OskiCat or MELVYL  (about) using the additional subject terms- photographs or - pictorial works

(example: world war 1939-1945 pictorial works)

  • Search the library catalogs:   OskiCat or MELVYL  (about) by names of persons or topics as (limit by format - in OskiCat "pictures/graphics", in MELVYL, "visual materials "
  • Search the library catalogs:   OskiCat or MELVYL  (about) by names of photographers as authors
  • Search Calisphere for images from archives from all over California

Audio recordings

  • Search the library catalogs:   OskiCat or MELVYL  (about) by subject, title, or author and limit to format: sound recordings

Video recordings/DVDs- nonfiction

  • Search the library catalogs:   OskiCat or MELVYL  (about) by subject, title, or author and limit in OskiCat to format: film/videos/slides and in MELVYL to form: videocassette or DVD/video

Movies from a particular time period

Consult one of the following:

 

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  • For television commercials, see the Media Resources Center web site