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History 117 - HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES - Kronbeck

Research Guide for Elizabeth Kronbeck's History 117 - Early American History

What are Primary Sources?

Primary Sources are first-hand accounts such as diaries, maps, journals, letters, treaties, photographs, speeches, memoirs, autobiography, original artwork (or photographic representation of art work)—anything that is considered a direct source.  That is, the creator is actually a direct participant in or an observer of an event.  There are many other examples of primary sources that we will not include here.

Note: Although many sources can be considered primary, it is important that you consult with your instructor to confirm that something is, indeed, a primary source that is acceptable for your assignment. While some instructors may accept a wider variety of items, others might only allow for very specific types of sources to be used.

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