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Realia from the Jacob Burns Law Library: Introduction

Realia from Special Collections



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Realia comprise all non-documentary, three-dimensional objects. Examples of realia include relics, artifacts, souvenirs, specimens, and other physical objects which do not fit into the standard documentary categories of books, sound recordings, administrative documents, and other records of the human experience. They may be man-made or naturally-occurring.

Realia typically are primary sources: they are objects which provide direct evidence of past events. “Realia” is the plural form of the noun, yet accepts verbs in both singular and plural form.

Curated by Scott Pagel, Library Director, | Winter/Spring 2019