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Primary Sources for History   Tags: history, newspapers, primary_sources  

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What is a historical primary source?

DEFINITION: Primary sources are original sources created at the time a historical event occurs (or possibly afterwards) and are directly associated with their producer (or user). Essentially, a primary source is the subjective interpretation of a witness to an event. Primary sources serve as the raw materials historians use to interpret / analyze the past.

Some examples include:

Diaries Novels Video Recordings
Letters Newspapers Research Data
Government Documents Interviews Wills
Memoirs Photographs Court Records
Speeches Clothing Ancient Artifacts
Maps Manuscripts
Works of Art











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