Historical Writing Project


Locate 1-3 primary sources that pertain (generally) to the book in question.
Copy the first/cover page and an interesting highlight from this document. Include in your portfolio.
By the end of the semester, you should have found at least one primary source from each of the following categories:
Government document
Formerly-classified (Secret, Top Secret) government document
Periodical – magazine
Periodical – newspaper, national prominence (Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, etc.)
Periodical – newspaper, regional or specialized (San Diego Union-Tribune, Miami Herald, Chicago Defender, etc.)
Artistic or Literary source (story, novel, poem, painting, etc.)
Non-textual source (cartoon, photograph, map, architectural source, etc.)
“Everyday Life” or “social history” source – something that provides a window into lives of ordinary people
Economic source
Diary entry or private papers
Reference for archival source (e.g. locate relevant archive and/or collection that you could consult by traveling to that archive; you need not supply an actual document from that archive, but you should get as much information as possible)
Source located on Microfilm
Source acquired through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) (Note; this takes awhile, so plan this one early).
On one page: (1) Include a heading that identifies which category (above) it fulfills and for which week of the course it was submitted; (2) Type a stylistically correct citation for use in footnotes/endnotes; (3) Explain, in a sentence or two, how you found this source.

NOTE: No more than three of these sources can come from the Internet. You must find at least one source for each relevant week, but generally you will need to find about two sources per week so that by the end of the semester you must have sources from all thirteen categories.

Developed by Dr. Kenneth Osgood