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Primary Sources for African American History

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.


This LibGuide will focus on primary sources for African American history, identity, and culture. Librarian Diana Tedone has created Cañada College Library's guide for Primary Sources from many different eras, which you can find here


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