Explore the process of piecing together the lives of ordinary people in the past. It is an experimental, interactive case study based on the research that went into the book and film A Midwife's Tale, which were both based upon the remarkable 200 year old diary of midwife/healer Martha Ballard. Learn basic skills and techniques for interpreting fragments that survive from any period in history.
From Patricia McPherson, a reference librarian at Stonehill College in Easton Massachusetts. This blog in an effort to provide students with ready access to collections of digitzed primary source sites. The blog allows students to search the growing list of 200-plus sites by keyword or historical era. The blog also provides access to a Delcious site where viewers can review my list of primary source bookmarks.