What are Primary Sources?


Primary Sources are works created 

  • at the time an event occurred, or,
  • by a person who directly experienced the event. 
Primary sources can include
  • Interviews, diaries, letters, journals, speeches, autobiographies, and witness statements
  • Articles containing original research, data, or findings never before shared
  • Original hand-written manuscripts
  • Government documents and public records
  • Art, photographs, films, maps, fiction, and music
  • Newspaper and magazine clippings
  • Artifacts, buildings, furniture, and clothing

For more information, see the subject guides on finding primary sources.


  • Last Updated Nov 02, 2017
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  • Answered By Tina Bebbington

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