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Archives & Primary Sources: Start Here

A guide to using primary sources on the Web

Historical Newspapers

Collections of Primary Documents

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. In general, it is created contemporary to the events and include: diaries, letters, manuscripts, archives, speeches, audio recordings, newspaper and magazine articles, photographs, original art, social media posts, and maps. It also includes books that are firsthand testimony of an event. 

Subject Guide

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