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Primary Sources: GLAMs

This guide will assist you in discerning what primary sources are and where they can be located.


GLAM (or Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) refers to institutions that collect and maintain cultural heritage materials of historical interest. As collecting institutions, GLAMs preserve and make accessible valuable primary source collections for scholarly and research use. These primary source collections are typically described by GLAMs using finding aids, guides, or inventories that are often times available online.

The following resources can be used to identify and locate primary sources maintained at GLAMs: