Primary Sources

"Primary sources are materials produced by people or groups directly involved in the event or topic under consideration, either as participants or witnesses. These sources provide the evidence on which historians rely in order to describe and interpret the past. . . . Primary sources provide windows into the past that allow you to develop your own interpretation, rather than rely on the interpretation of another historian."

Examples of Primary Sources
"Letters; diaries; newspaper and magazine articles; speeches; autobiographies; treatises; census data; marriage, birth, and death registers. . . works of art, films, recordings, items of clothing, household objects, tools, and archaeological remains,. . . [and] oral sources, such as interviews."