Where do you find primary documents?

You can find primary documents lots of places, but you should start with your local historical society or museums. Curators and archivists, who work at these places can give you other ideas. Often primary documents are found in private collections. Also, depending on what you are looking for your town historian might be helpful. If you are researching your family, you might want to start by looking in your own attic.

The images that you see on this website are copies of primary documents. They were found in a variety of ways. There is a number next to each one, that number corresponds to the list below.

 

1. Carrie Davis, William Steeple Davis Trust

2. Martha Brown, Oysterponds Historical Society

3. Mary Swift Jones, Three Village Historical Society

4. Mary Rowland, Raymond Rowland Randall

5. Carrie Davis, William Steeple Davis Trust

6. Carrie Davis diary entry, William Steeple Davis Trust

7. Carrie Davis diary, William Steeple Davis Trust

8. Captain William Hubbard, William Steeple Davis Trust

9. Jane Hubbard, William Steeple Davis Trust

10. Carrie and Charlie Davis, William Steeple Davis Trust

11. Mary Rowland, Raymond Rowland Randall

12. Captain Henry Luke Rowland, Raymond Rowland Randall

13. Woodhull, Mary Emma, and Henrietta Rowland, Raymond Rowland Randall

14. Brookhaven town census, 1860

15. Captain Edwin Brown, Oysterponds Historical Society

16. Captain Benjamin Jones, Three Village Historical Society

17. View of Yokohama Harbor, Beverly C. Tyler Collection

18. Log entry from the Lucy Ann, Oysterponds Historical Society

19. Captain Rowland's spyglass, Raymond Rowland Randall

20. Model of the Modesta, Raymond Rowland Randall, photographed by Steve Pegorsky

21. E.F. Tufnell painting of the Alice, photo courtesy of Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, New York

22. Map of Japan from Captain Benjamin Jones' atlas, Delforge Family Collection

23. Two photographs taken on board the Ruth B. Cobb, Three Village Historical Society

24. Ettabel Raynor was the daughter of Captain Eugene Raynor, she sailed on the Ruth B. Cobb (see above), ca. 1910-1915, Three Village Historical Society

25. Mary and Louisa, Three Village Historical Society

26 & 27. Map from She Went A-Whaling, edited by Anne MacKay, published by The Oysterponds Historical Society, 1993.