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HIST 210 Historical Methods 2021 Secondary 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


Select Local Archives

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