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Media Center - Primary Sources

Last Updated: 5/10/2019 8:28 PM

What are primary sources?


Primary sources are  original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include: letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies such as Congress or the Office of the President, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons (American Library Association).

 

Where can I find Primary Sources:


 

 

 

Audio

 

American Rhetoric & Speech Bank 

National Jukebox - Library of Congress

The Studs Terkel Radio Archive 

 

 

Books and Monographs

 

Making of America - Books

 

 

 

 

Government Documents

 

 American Presidency Project

Avalon Project - Major Documents Collection

FBI - The Vault 

Foreign Relations of the United States 

Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights 

 

 

Images

 

 

Flickr Commons

 

New York Public Library Public Domain Collections

 

 

 

Newspapers and Magazines

 

Chronicling America

Elephind

Google News Archive

Life Magazine

 

 

Personal Accounts

 

Civil Rights Documentation Project

Veterans History Project

 

 

 

Mixed Collections

 

American Memory

Library of Congress

Gilder-Lehrman

Digital Vaults – National Archive

Documenting the American South

National Archives Online exhibits

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Digital Public Library of America