Test Your Understanding
Advertisement for a picnic at Walled Lake Amusement Park, held by the Walled Lake City Library.
Advertisement for Walled Lake Amusement Park picnic
This is an example of ephemera, printed materials that were never intended to be saved. Ephemeral items would almost always be considered primary sources.
1973 By-Laws of the Grand Mere Association, held by Lincoln Township Public Library.
By-Laws of the Grand Mere Association
Internal records like this provide evidence about how a group was organized, how decisions were made, and who was in charge. This type of material would almost always be considered a primary resource.
Video documentary on the history of Hamtramck, Michigan, and its Polish community
Video documentary on the history of Hamtramck, Michigan
Video documentaries such as this one would almost always be considered secondary sources. This video does include many pieces of primary source material: photographs, interviews, excerpts from letters and diaries. However, all the primary resources have been selected by the filmmaker to communicate his vision of Hamtramck, his understanding of the town's history. The video as a whole is a secondary source.