What are primary sources?

Primary Sources are records of events described or recorded by someone who either participated in or witnessed the events or who got their information from others who did. They are original materials from the time period involved and have not been filtered through interpretation, as have secondary sources. Primary sources can take many forms including, but not limited to, newspaper accounts, letters, diaries, notebooks, interviews, and memoirs.

Where Can I Find Primary Sources

What are primary sources and where can I find them?

Primary sources are located in many places and come in many formats. There are many web resources that provide links to primary source material.  Others provide additional information on the topic, as well.  Primary sources are also found in secondary sources. An example of this is a book written in 2009 that contains letters written in 1909.  The book itself is the secondary source and the letters themselves are the primary sources.  A book, article, or newspaper account written at the time of an event by someone who witnessed or was alive at the time of the event is a primary source.

Choose the General History Links from the sidebar menu to find websites that provide links to primary sources.