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Economics: Primary Sources

Examples of Primary Sources

"New Deal" Picketers



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 occured, 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)

ARTstor database

Subject Headings

Do a subject search using the subject headings below to find primary sources in the Peninsula Library System Catalog.

  • sources
  • personal narratives
  • oral history
  • diaries
  • correspondence
  • autobiography

Google Books

Find historical first editions of books on U.S. and World history using Google Books Advanced Search.  

Search by author and limit your date range to the period they were publishing.