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What is a Primary Source?
A primary source is a document or other sort of evidence written or
created during the time under study, or by one of the persons or
organizations directly involved in the event. Primary sources offer an
inside view of a particular event. Some types are:
- Original Documents: Diaries, speeches, letters, minutes, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, official records
- Creative Works: Poetry, drama, novels, music, art, films
- Relics or Artifacts: Jewelry, pottery, furniture, clothing, buildings, tools
Primary Sources in Subject Areas: