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What is a Primary Source?

Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence on a subject.  They are created by someone who experienced the period or event first hand.  Because they are eye-witness accounts, many primary sources are created at the time the event occurred, but recorded memories -- such as autobiographies, memories, and oral histories -- are also considered primary sources.



For more examples see What are Primary Sources (Yale University)

Organized Groups of Primary Sources