3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 9, 2020 1:31 PM by Alice Lane

    Looking for primary sources

    Chelldan grady Newbie

      What are some research tips on tracing the derivatives or original sources/& or versions of a story, document, or even painting? if i could get a tip on that that really help me speed things up on my historic research!

        • Re: Looking for primary sources
          Alice Lane Pioneer

          Hi Chelldan,

          Welcome to History Hub,

          Your question is rather difficult to answer without specifics.

          History Hub is ready to help.

          Would you be willing to share something about what you are seeking?


          Alice Lane

          Research Volunteer

          • Re: Looking for primary sources
            Thomas Richardson Navigator

            Dear Chelldan Grady,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            There are a number of ways to begin your historical research with the National Archives. For information on how to determine your topic, gathering information, and how to find records in our holdings, please refer to the Getting Started Overview.


            You may conduct a significant amount of research with our online resources such as the National Archives Catalog, Microfilm Catalog, Access to Archival Databases, and the Guide to Federal Records. These are good starting points in searching for documents, photographs, and other media related to your research. For a full list of online resources, please see Online Research Tools and Aids.


            Searching through the various databases and catalogs can be daunting, given the amount of information retained by the National Archives. For tips on how to refine your search with the National Archives Catalog, please see Search Tips.


            For information on artistic provenance and claims, please visit the Art Provenance and Claims Record Research page.


            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from any NARA unit. Please note that if you plan to visit the Archives for in-person research, all National Archives research rooms and those at our Presidential Libraries are closed until further notice. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

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            • Re: Looking for primary sources
              Alice Lane Pioneer

              Hi Chelldan,


              I decided to make a search of the original painting by Van Gogh, Starry Night

              My search term was searching for "the original source of starry night"



              The Starry Night is an oil on canvas painting by Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. Painted in June 1889, it depicts the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise, with the addition of an imaginary village.[1][2][3] It has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City since 1941, acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest. Widely regarded as Van Gogh's magnum opus,[4][5] The Starry Night is one of the most recognized paintings in Western art.[6][7]


              or you could do the Bill of Rights by searching for "original source of Bill of Rights"

              The Bill of Rights was strongly influenced by the Virginia Declaration of Rights, written by George Mason. Other precursors include English documents such as the Magna Carta, the Petition of Right, the English Bill of Rights, and the Massachusetts Body of Liberties.


              Bill of Rights - Bill of Rights Institute



              Alice Lane

              Research Volunteer