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Pacific Lutheran University

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*History: Primary Documents

For world and U.S. history

Historical Newspapers & Magazines

U.S. Primary Documents

Online Primary Sources

What is a primary source?

A primary source is firsthand testimony. It is the words of the witnesses or the first recorders of an event. It is created contemporary to the events and includes: diaries, letters, manuscripts, archives, speeches, audio recordings, newspaper and magazine articles, photographs, original art, and maps. It also includes books that are firsthand testimony of an event.


Archival Sites