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ANTH 161a Infrastructure

Tips to help you research Boston infrastructure

What Is a Primary Source?

A primary source might be:

  • a news report about an infrastructure project like the Big Dig,
  • an oral history with an activist who opposed a highway project,
  • meeting minutes and technical reports from a regional planning agency, or
  • flyers, posters, and mailings from a bicycling advocacy group.

In all of these cases, primary sources are materials created by participants, observers, witnesses, or recorders.  They might be documents or artifacts; they could be textual or visual; and they might be physical (like a letter) or digital (like an email).

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