1. primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event. Some types of primary sources include:
    • ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS (excerpts or translations acceptable): Diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, official records
    • CREATIVE WORKS: Poetry, drama, novels, music, art
    • RELICS OR ARTIFACTS: Pottery, furniture, clothing, buildings

    Examples of primary sources include:

    • Diary of Anne Frank – Experiences of a Jewish family during WWII
    • The Constitution of Canada – Canadian History
    • A journal article reporting NEW research or findings
    • Weavings and pottery – Native American history
    • Plato’s Republic – Women in Ancient Greece



Annals of American History

ABC-CLIO- Search for Primary Sources 

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The Library of Congress American Memory

National Archives – Primary Sources from American History.

American History Center

Digital History

University of Virginia – 1930s

Fordham University  Primary Sources

Yale University Primary Sources 

Spartacus Educational 

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