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Teaching with primary sources

Resources for primary source pedagogy at Brown and beyond.

Virtual sessions and guidance

If you're interested in incorporating a session, activity, or assignment into your remotely-taught class in Summer or Fall 2020, our teaching staff can help! Contact Heather Cole, Head, Special Collections Instruction to talk through possibilities or to connect with the appropriate Hay staff member.

Resources for assignments and activities

Exploring ways to incorporate engagement with primary sources in your course while teaching remotely? This guide provides a selection of ideas and resources to inspire new modes of research and discovery.

Primary sources on pandemics

Freely-available online collections of rare books & manuscripts

This is not an exhaustive list, but a selection of easily-navigable online resources on a variety of topics. Contact Brown University Library staff for additional resources related to other topics, or browse our other research guides. A crowdsourced list of online collections can be found here, and another comprehensive list compiled by the Bibliographical Society of America can be found here.

North American Collections

European Collections

Resources requiring a Brown login

Additional resources

Born-digital and crowdsourced digital collections