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Stonecoast MFA - Library Resources: Historic and Primary Sources

Researching the Past

The past was a different culture. By looking at documents, objects, and the pop culture from a period you can begin to understand it, and help immerse your reader in it. Archives and museums are the keepers of these artifacts and are great places to begin your search.

Many places have some of their collections digitized and available online. However the vast majority of materials are NOT digitized and worth making an appointment to visit. Here is what to expect.

Using Archives: A guide to Effective Research

Archives at USM