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What is a Primary Source

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

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Examples of published primary sources

Some examples of primary material distributed commercially in various media

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