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Methodist History: Primary Resources

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Primary Resources

Primary sources are first-hand accounts of specific historical events.  The format of these first-hand accounts—manuscript, print, electronic—is irrelevant.  The content and context in which they are used are what matters. Further, primary resources can also include artwork, artifacts, and historic architecture, including church buildings.  Primary sources in Methodist History typically include

  • Archives--manuscripts, letters, journals, etc.
  • Church and denominational records
  • Published primary sources in print or online, such as The Works of John Wesley, in English or Spanish
  • Newspapers
  • Oral histories and interviews
  • Photographs, film, other media
  • Statistical data
  • Methodist conference journals, Disciplines, conference journals, judicial reports, etc.
  • Historic buildings, artifacts, and artwork

Finding Primary Sources

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