A 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
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National Archives – Primary Sources from American History.