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HIST 121: The Black Experience: Primary Sources

What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are documents that were created at the time of an event.  

Look for sources published, written, or spoken during an event that you are researching (ie. Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s), such as:

  • newspapers
  • speeches
  • letters
  • memoirs 
  • diary and journal entries
  • photographs and drawings
  • audio or video recordings

Secondary sources are any documents that analyze an historical event or person. These will be most of your typical sources like books and articles.

Primary Sources on Library Databases

Links to Information on Primary Sources