You already know (courtesy of of our fine faculty or excellent library presentations) that letters, diaries, interviews and other primary source texts provide invaluable information for research papers or projects. But were you aware that visual primary sources such as photos, posters or pamphlets often tell just as much, if not more, about a given period or event? Visual sources reflect the moods and concerns of government and society and can be used alongside more traditional resources to provide a richer, more complete picture of an era or historical event.
They can also provide some humor:
All joking aside, consider using some of these visual primary sources to help with your research project or presentation. The American Memory Collection from the Library of Congress and the National Archives: DocTeach site are excellent resources for primary sources from American history. Our LRC course subject guides also contain a number of primary source databases as well as guidelines for identifying, locating and using primary sources.