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Samples of Primary Sources from Five College Collections

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Daguerreotype of Tirzah Porter Snell, circa 1840-45
Daguerreotype photograph
Letter with pressed flower, circa 1893
Letter with pressed flower
Account book, Williamsburg, Mass., 1783-95
Account book
Hampshire College motto memo
Handwritten memo
Notice of "Contest Open to Massachusetts Girls," 1920
Printed flier
Photograph, UMASS Student Union, 1975
Map of Mount Holyoke College, 1900
Newspaper clipping of student production, 1950
Newspaper clipping
Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf
Subscriber's ticket signed by Virginia Woolf
Subscriber's ticket
Mathematical instruments
Mathematical instruments
Letter from John M. Greene to Sophia Smith, 1868

For more primary sources online, see:
Digital Collections and Online Exhibits


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