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The newest Primary Source Set focuses on the historical origins of the self-portrait, or "selfie."

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We are pleased to announce a new addition to the Minnesota Digital Library's Primary Source Set collection. The newest Primary Source Set focuses on the historical origins of the self-portrait, or "selfie." Minnesota Reflections contains many photos taken by the subjects themselves, and we wanted to showcase this collection. This Primary Source Set also serves to demonstrate the surprisingly long and rich history of the selfie. This kind of photo was in fact popular long before Instagram and Snapchat made selfies ubiquitous. Please check out our newest Primary Source Set and explore the selfies in Minnesota Reflections.

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Lizzy Baus
Cataloging & Metadata Education Librarian
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