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HIST 6440: Material Culture

Course Guide Overview

Welcome to the Libraries' Class Guide for HIST 6440: Material Culture. It includes information on how find books, journal articles, primary documents, and how to cite your sources.

Use the tabs to the left of the page to navigate through the guide.

For assistance in doing your research, please contact Carrie Leatherman, WMU's social sciences librarian at or book an appointment with her at

Highlihgted Sources on Material Culture

Below a few of the sources on material culture in the WMU Libraries holdings.

For more publications on material culture, try searching for the phrase or the subject heading "material culture" in Library Search.

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Carrie Leatherman
Office: Waldo Library Room 1048 (First Floor)
Office Phone: (269) 387-5142

Revolutionary Invention

"Because it was affordable and had replaceable parts, the Singer treadle sewing machine was commonly found in homes all over the U.S. by the late 1800s. Even though I never learned to sew, I purchased a beautiful Singer manufactured in 1917 so I could own this significant piece of American material culture."

(Attributed to Vincent de Groot, 2006; Wikimedia Commons)