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HIST 490: History Senior Seminar

What is a Primary Source?

vintage maps

"Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience." 

~Library of Congress


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Suggested Primary Sources Databases

We have hundreds of specialty databases at K. Sort by Subject & Type on the A-Z Database list.

A-Z database page filtered by subject: History and Type of Source: Primary Source