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History - Primary Sources

Primary Sources

"Primary sources are documents, artifacts, images, and other evidence of an event created by firsthand witnesses." (Bombardo 2012)


Examples of primary sources include:

  • Art (paintings, drawings, sculpture, etc.)
  • Autobiographies
  • Correspondences
  • Court cases
  • Documents
  • Diaries
  • Films/Videos
  • Government documents
  • Interviews
  • Letters
  • Maps
  • Memoirs
  • Newspaper articles
  • Notebooks, Sketchbooks
  • Official memoranda
  • Oral histories
  • Photographs
  • Posters
  • Public opinion surveys/polls
  • Speeches




Select Newspaper Resources

Government Documents 

Select Government Document Resources 


Primary Source Databases

Select Topical Primary Source Databases 

Select Web Resources


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