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Primary Sources for History: Primary Sources Home


URL: http://guides.lib.uci.edu/primary_sources

What is an historical primary source?

DEFINITION: Primary sources are original sources created at the time a historical event occurs (or possibly afterwards) and are directly associated with their creater (or user). Essentially, a primary source is the subjective interpretation of a witness to an event. Primary sources serve as the raw materials historians use to interpret / analyze the past.

Some examples include:

 Diaries     Memoirs     Letters     Newspapers   
 Speeches     Newspapers     Interviews     Government Documents   
 Photographs     Works of Art     Wills  Video Recordings
 Maps  Manuscripts     Research Data     Ancient Artifacts

 

collage of primary sources

 

Subject Guide

Becky Imamoto
Contact:
rimamoto@uci.edu
Langson Library 460
(949) 824-2639
Subjects:Humanities