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What is a Primary Source?

Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence on a subject. These are sources 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, memoirs, and oral histories -- are also considered primary sources. 

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

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Organized Groups of Primary Sources: Multi-Subject Collections