While you have become accustomed to using books, articles, and other secondary and tertiary sources for your research assignments, professional researchers also study primary sources located in archives, museums, special collections, and other cultural repositories. Today, you will have an opportunity to learn more about veterans’ experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition to viewing digitized materials, you will also learn how to search for resources held by cultural repositories around the world.
1. World War II (1939-1945) Veterans with PTSD
2. Korean War (1950-1953) Veterans with PTSD
3. Vietnam War (1961-1975) Veterans with PTSD
4. Medical/Psychological personnel that helped veterans with PTSD
Don’t know where to start your search for a cultural repository that covers your topic? With so many cultural repositories at your fingertips, you might feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, there are some websites that can help researchers discover primary resources held by cultural repositories, such as Archives Grid.
Just like libraries, some cultural repositories use catalogs to help researchers discover materials in their collections. However, many archival and special collections use other means to make their resources accessible. In this section, you will explore how finding aids are used by cultural repositories to help researchers find useful materials.
a. World War II (1939-1945) veterans with PTSD: Minnesota Historical Society
b. Korean War (1950-1953) veterans with PTSD: Nashville Library Special Collections
c. Vietnam War (1961-1975) veterans with PTSD: Nashville Library Special Collections
d. Medical/Psychological personnel that helped veterans with PTSD: Minnesota Historical Society
In some instances, you might find that a cultural repository has digitized their collections for the public to view. For the remainder of the assignment you will be using a collection created by the Wisconsin Veteran’s Museum, which includes digitized transcripts from oral history interviews of veterans from WWI to the present. You can search the collections one of two ways:
Once you have found a relevant account using one of these two methods: