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HIST 102 Lelic - Website Projects: Religion/Science Primary Sources

Primary Source Analysis Worksheets

During our primary source session, each student will complete one primary source analysis worksheet for the collection their group has chosen. Please check the type of document (written, photograph, poster/cartoon, or artifact) and complete the associated worksheet.

19th Century Religion

Written by William Benson of Boonville, Missouri and spirits that allegedly visited him in 1852, this journal documents the supernatural occurrences observed by Benson and friends. Documented are his methods of communicating with spirits, acts of levitation, and visits from family and friends. 

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This travel diary belonged to an unknown woman who visited New York City in 1844. Although unused to traveling, she stayed in New York for several days and attended Jewish services, although she was not Jewish herself.

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Written in 1852 by Reverend Jeremiah Fox Yates, the diary details his sermons, readings, spirituality, and life in Chittenden County, Vermont.

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WPA Scrapbook

Wicomico Historical Society WPA Scrapbook


Odell Typewriter

Cast iron typewriter, "Odell Typewriter No. 4 Patented by Farquhar & Albrecht Chicago" on a plate at the top. There is a metal piece that has the numeric symbols and alphabet going across the center. Throughout the base of typewriter, there is a decorative design with "Odell Type Writer Chicago" intertwined within the design. 



Wooden intercom wall mount telephone; 10 button (as used in a department store); made by Connecticut Telephone and Electric Company, Inc. of Meriden, CT.



Zenith model 6D2620-N radio made in 1942.


Pilot Television

Pilot 3" television made of wood and pressboard, c.1949.  



Telephone Postcard, c. 1910.



Telephone switchboard operator postcard, c.1910.


Fire and Life Saving

Fred Grier photographs

This album contains photographs collected by Fred Grier (1883-1971), former fire marshal of Salisbury, MD. The collection includes the origins, activities and role of the Salisbury Fire Department along with fires and disasters which have occurred in and around the Salisbury area.

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US Coast Guard North Beach Station Scrapbook

The US Coast Guard North Beach Station photograph scrapbook (2010.114) documents the lifesaving and hunting activities on the coast of Maryland in 1915 and 1919. The US Coast Guard station, under the direction of Captain William S. Purnell, was built in 1883 and located at North Beach (presently Assateague Island). For more information, visit the finding aid at

Medical History

Helen Binde's diaries document the life of Helen Binde, a young nurse from New Jersey in 1928. Binde records her daily life and her diary contains numerous newspaper clippings of famous aviators (most notably Charles Lindbergh) and the photograph she sent as part of an actress application to a motion picture company.

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This medical accounts ledger documents Alexander Hamilton Bayly's medical work in Dorchester County, Maryland from 1835 to 1847. Based in Cambridge, Bayly's patients lived across the county and included slave-owners seeking assistance for their families and slaves, as well as 57 free black people--some of whom have occupations, locations, and family members listed. Additional loose pages detail medical procedures and practices.

This ledger was digitized in 2020 and is part of the Bayly Family Papers. For more information about the extensive collection, visit the finding aid at:

This transcription is the journal of Henry B. Mathiot, a physician in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. The journal contains Mathiot's recipes, his list of patients, and recordings of births.

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