Reed Special Collections and Archives

Primary Source Sets

Welcome to Reed College Special Collections and Archives primary source sets!

Each set focuses on a particular historical period, event, or topic, and contains primary sources from Reed’s college archives, manuscript collections, and rare book collection.

Primary sources are documents, artifacts, or materials created by a first-hand witness or someone with close proximity to an historical event. Primary sources provide tangible evidence of past events and can help create a deeper understanding of history.

You can access any of the items referenced in the set during our open hours. Please see the Special Collections and Archives homepage for more information about hours and location.