As a college librarian, I often hear stressed-out students searching for primary sources say, "I'll take anything." Don't settle for just anything. There is a treasury of primary source material available electronically. Peruse my selection of 200-plus primary source sites by conducting a keyword search, exploring the tag cloud at left, or browsing by historical era. You can also visit my Delicious and Diigo sites to review my bookmarks. Here's hoping you find what you're looking for.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Ted Kennedy's FBI files reveal constant death threats, point to rich source of Freedom of Information Act data

FBI documents released earlier this week reveal that the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was the subject of constant death threats. Those documents, requested by news organizations under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), are available on the FBI’s website. While perusing those files, I discovered that the FBI’s website has a FOIA page which provides access to a wide assortment of documents made public as a result of FOIA requests. The subjects of those documents are diverse: Rock Hudson, Marilyn Monroe, the Beatles, Albert Einstein and John Steinbeck. The details contained in those some of those papers – such as the reports on the Massacre at Colorado’s Columbine High School – are startling and troubling. The records on the FOIA site span decades. It could be of particular use to students searching for primary sources about particular criminal investigations of historical interest.

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