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Primary Sources

Guide to finding sources for research in historical primary sources such as newspapers, archives, historic photographs, oral histories, and other sources.

Getting Started

Primary sources are the raw material for historical research. They are the documents, photographs and other records that were made during the time period that you are researching. Some common kinds of primary sources include letters, diaries, newspapers, records of organizations, memoirs and census records. There are many more kinds! 


Not sure where to start? Try the Digitized Archives links here!