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SoALS: History

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Primary Sources

What is a Primary Source?

Many primary sources are materials that were created at the time of the event. They are also original records or firsthand accounts.

You will find primary sources in multiple formats, for instance, in print, or as electronic resources like websites or e-books. Many libraries, state archives, museums, and universities have websites that include digital collections. 

Examples of a primary source can include:

  • Speeches
  • Letters 
  • Diaries 
  • Images
  • Newspaper Articles
  • Magazine/Journal Articles (written at the time studied)
  • Pamphlets 
  • Artifacts
  • Government Information 
  • Maps