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1 Websites as primary sources What are primary sources? Historical primary sources Current primary sources Why archive web sites?

2 What is a primary source? Primary sources are the raw materials of history original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience.

3 Historical primary sources How can we learn how people in the past lived? What evidence did they leave?

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7 April 14th 1/2 past 10 o'clock P.M. O, fatal day. O, noble Victim. Treason has done its worst. The President has been Assassinated. It has just been announced at my door that he was shot a half hour ago at Fords Theatre. Is it possible? I have just come from near the scene, it is too True. 11 o'clock P.M.

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15 What are some current primary sources? How do we record our thoughts? How do we tell our stories to each other? How do we correspond with each other? What evidence will we leave for future study?

16 What should be saved? Why?

17 How will we understand what was important to people of the past? Pat Canterbury showing albums in which he has collected stickers and patches from mining companies he has worked for. Photos by a commercial "wanderer" through New York and Pennsylvania. Portraits, landscapes, train and Gettysburg Family Photo Album

18 Evidence of Daily Life Think back over the past 24 hours Jot down 3-5 things you did (that you might be willing to tell the group) If you had to prove what you did, what evidence would you produce? How much of that evidence will probably still be available in 10 years? 25? 100?

19 Why archive and save Web sites? "I knew that websites changed periodically, but I didn't realize that once they are changed, they can never be viewed as they once were unless we archive them" -student participant

20 What should be saved? Why?

21 How will future scholars understand what was important to us?


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