Williamsburg Public Libraries

Meekins Archival and Manuscript Digital Collections

This page provides several ways to access primary source materials:

  1. Direct links to materials digitized from Meekins' own collections:
  2. Access through freely available web resources such as:

According to the Society of American Archivists (SAA), one definition for archives is: "Materials created or received by a person, family, or organization, public or private, in the conduct of their affairs and preserved because of the enduring value contained in the information they contain or as evidence of the functions and responsibilities of their creator, especially those materials maintained using the principles of provenance, original order, and collective control; permanent records."

These may be Primary or Secondary sources.

Primary Sources are materials that contain firsthand accounts of events and that were created contemporaneous to those events or later recalled by an eyewitness. These include letters, diaries, ledger books, and photographs.

Secondary Sources are works that are not based on direct observation of or evidence directly associated with the subject, but instead rely on sources of information.

See the ALA Using Primary Sources on the Web guide for information on identifying and using sites.

Please credit the Meekins Library, Williamsburg, Mass., or the Williamsburg (Mass.) Historical Society, as noted, as the original source of the item for all use.

We welcome any additional information or questions you might have about an item in our collection. Please contact us.

You can reach the Meekins archivist and librarians with questions about Meekins collections at: meekins@cwmars.org or 413-268-7472.

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Last updated: January 31, 2014