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Women and Gender Studies

Primary Sources

What defines a primary resource varies slightly with each discipline. In Women's Studies, a primary source could include:

  • Photos depicting women's associations
  • Feature films with gay men as lead characters
  • Court decisions of  gender-related discrimination
  • Statistics of marriages and divorces
  • Advertisements depicting girls in explicit poses
  • Manuscripts and diary of a lesbian from the Jazz Age

A primary source may provide legal documentation, evidence of popular culture in a region and/or time period or illustrate experiences of an individual. You are encouraged to explore the resources in this box. Additional indexes are listed on the "Find Articles" page and the A-Z Databases page. Be sure to ask your librarian or an instructor for more suggestions for primary sources. See the Types of Sources library guide for additional information about primary sources and other types of sources.

Order of the Eastern Star at meetingThe Wichita Photo Archives is a joint effort of the Wichita Public Library Local History Section, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum and the Wichita State University Libraries' Department of Special Collections.

See Special Collections to find other materials that may be useful as primary sources.

 

Photo on right: Order of the Eastern Star in Wichita, Kansas, taken April 6, 1952. Unruh Studio. Wichita State University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.

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