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Types of Qualitative Data
The repository holdings include multiple types of qualitative data including (but not limited to) unpublished primary sources, published primary sources, primary sources cited in secondary sources, and secondary sources.
Structured, semi-structured, or unstructured interviews; focus groups; oral histories
(audio/videorecordings; transcripts; notes; questionnaires/interview protocols)
Field notes (including from participant observation or ethnography)
Maps/satellite imagery/geographic data
Official/public documents, files, reports (diplomatic, public policy, propaganda, etc.)
Correspondence, memoranda, communiqués, queries, complaints
Testimony in public hearings
Speeches, press conferences
Court records; legal documents (charts, wills, contracts)
Chronicles, autobiographies, memoirs, travel logs, diaries
Brochures, posters, flyers
Press releases, newsletters, annual reports
Records, papers, directories
Internal memos, reports, meeting minutes
Position/advocacy papers, mission statements
Personal documents (letters, personal diaries, correspondence, personal papers)
Maps, diagrams, drawings
Radio broadcasts (audio or transcripts)
TV programs (video or transcripts)
Print media (magazine, newspaper articles)
Published collections of documents, gazeteers, yearbooks, etc.
Books, articles, dissertations, working papers
Ephemera; popular culture visual or audio materials (printed cloth, art, music /songs, etc.)
Data are stored in a variety of formats and media: alpha-numeric (e.g., word-processed text, databases, spreadsheets), audio (digital and non-digital), video, and photographic (digital and non-digital).