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The Primary Source Awards are an annual competition designed to recognize and publicize librarians, teachers, and researchers who use or promote use of primary source materials.

Program Description & Criteria


The awards are presented annually in three categories:

Promoting use of primary source materials.
Innovative use of primary source materials in research projects.
Employing primary source materials in the classroom.
Applications for the next awards are due January 31, 2015.

Selection & Prizes

Both awardees and nominators can choose between a gift certificate for Powell's Books or an iPad.


Participation and Eligibility

Persons nominated for Primary Source Awards must be librarians or library staff, faculty members (includes adjunct faculty, instructors, graduate assistants), students, and administrators within the community of CRL libraries.

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