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REALIA AS PRIMARY SOURCES

Realia or artifacts are found in most archival and manuscript collections. They include a vast array of objects such as accounts and account books, advertising brochures, architectural blueprints, arts and entertainment programs, badges, bank books, bookplates, clothing, diaries, educational material, emblems and insignias, inventories, jewelry, leather goods, needlework, newspaper clippings, notebooks, paintings, photograph albums, prints, postcards, posters, postage stamps, scrapbooks, wills, and many other objects. Items like these are used for teaching purposes or as exhibit objects by scholars and archivists.

Below are several examples of realia or artifacts found in SML's Manuscripts and Archives Department:

ACCOUNTS AND ACCOUNTS BOOKS

SCRAPBOOKS CLOTHING PHOTOGRAPHIC SLIDES POSTCARDS POSTERS


Acknowledgement
This material is based on the Web site created to support a series of colloquia in historical research offered by the Yale University Library. The initial site was prepared in August 1996 by Suzanne Lorimer, Susanne Roberts, Margaret Powell, George Miles, Fred Musto, Emily Horning, Cesar Rodriguez, Nancy Godleski, Richard Williams, Elizabeth Pauk, and Martha Brogan.

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